About the pneumococcal vaccines
- There are 2 types of pneumococcal vaccines offered in the Yukon to prevent or lessen the complications of pneumococcal infections:
- The pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) is part of the routine Yukon Children’s Immunization Schedule. This vaccine covers 13 different strains of the bacteria.
- The pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPV23) covers 23 different strains of the bacteria.
- The type of vaccine recommended depends on a person's age and risk factors.