Pneumococcal vaccination is recommended and provided free for infants under the National Immunisation Program (NIP). It is usually given at 2, 4 and 6 months of age.
Pneumococcal vaccination is also recommended and provided for free as part of the NIP for all adults aged 65 years and over.
Some people may need extra doses of the pneumococcal vaccine, the National Immunisation Program provides additional free vaccination to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people or children living in high risk areas and those who are medically at risk of pneumococcal infection. Please speak to your doctor regarding your individual circumstances. Your doctor will be able to provide advice if you or your child need these extra doses.
Other individuals may also be at risk of pneumococcal disease, and vaccination may be recommended. Please discuss your individual circumstances with your doctor.
If you are planning on becoming pregnant, please discuss with your doctor whether vaccination against pneumococcal disease is appropriate for you.
It is important to complete the recommended course of vaccinations to help protect against pneumococcal disease and help maintain immunity.
Currently available pneumococcal vaccines do not protect against all the different types of Streptococcus pneumoniae that can cause disease, and not all disease cases caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae will be prevented by vaccination. They do however, help protect against the types that cause most of the serious pneumococcal disease in children.