The vaccination program for adults includes one dose of pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine at age 65. Some individuals aged 2 to 64 years at greater risk of serious pneumococcal infection should also get the vaccine.
Introduction of the vaccination program for children
Since the introduction of the pneumococcal immunization program for children in 2004, previously common strains of the bacteria are now rarer in children. The vaccination schedule for children has been adapted over the years, taking into account the types of pneumococcal bacteria circulating in Québec.
However, doses not included in the vaccination schedule are not free. Since fees can vary, you can contact the vaccination site of your choice (CLSC, clinic or pharmacy) to find out the cost.
The pneumococcal vaccination program offers no possibility of reimbursement.
The procedure to follow to get vaccinated varies by region.
To find out how to proceed and where to get vaccinated, contact your CLSC, doctor or pharmacist. For their contact information, see the section Finding a resource. You can also call Info-Santé 811 to find the vaccination location nearest you.