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See the Australian Immunisation Handbook for a list of medical conditions in each category.

Check the person’s vaccination history to make sure they are up to date with their recommended childhood pneumococcal vaccines.

Category A medical conditions are conditions associated with the highest increased risk of invasive pneumococcal disease. Adults with Category A medical conditions are recommended to receive:

  • 1 dose of 13vPCV (exception: haematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) recipients, who need 3 doses of 13vPCV instead of 1 dose)
  • 1st dose of 23vPPV ≥2 months later
  • 2nd dose of 23vPPV ≥5 years later
  • 3rd dose of 23vPPV ≥5 years later

Category B medical conditions are conditions associated with an increased risk of invasive pneumococcal disease. Adults with Category B medical conditions are recommended to receive:

  • 1st dose of 23vPPV
  • 2nd dose of 23vPPV ≥5 years later
  • 3rd dose of 23vPPV ≥5 years later

These adults are not recommended to receive 13vPCV.

These doses are funded under the National Immunisation Program:

  • for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – 1 dose of 23vPPV between the ages of 15 and 49 years, and 1 dose at age ≥50 years
  • for non-Indigenous adults – 1 dose of 23vPPV at age ≥65 years

See the Australian Immunisation Handbook for more details.

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Pneumococcal vaccination for adults ≥18 years old with medical conditions that increase their risk of invasive pneumococcal disease

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Definitions

13vPCV
13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine
HSCT
haematopoietic stem cell transplant
23vPPV
23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine