Recommended usage of Prevnar® 13 (Pneumococcal Conjugate 13)

Advisory Alert

November 9, 2015

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Sudbury & District Health Unit at 705.522.9200, ext. 301; after hours 705.688.4366.

Dear Colleagues:

Re: Recommended Usage of Prevnar® 13 (Pneumococcal Conjugate 13)

I am writing to you today in response to inquiries the Health Unit has received from clinicians regarding the use of Prevnar® 13 publicly funded vaccine for healthy adults.

In accordance with recommendations from the Canadian Immunization Guide, pneumococcal conjugate vaccine is not currently recommended for healthy adults. In Canada, invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) is most common in the very young (those under age 5—especially those under age 2), the elderly (those over age 65), and in certain groups with health or other conditions that place them at high risk* for infection.

For more information about IPD distribution in Canada, refer to:

Publicly funded vaccine is only to be used for immunization of persons who meet Ministry of Health and Long-term Care eligibility requirements as follows:

Eligibility for publicly funded Prevnar® 13 vaccine (as per the Ontario Publicly Funded Immunization Schedule, October 2015):

  1. Routine Vaccine Program
    • Infants and children 6 weeks to 4 years of age
  2. High-risk Vaccine Program:
    • Persons who meet the pneumococcal conjugate 13 high-risk* criteria including:
      • Infants 6 weeks to 6 months of age (eligible for an extra dose)
      • Adults ≥ 50 years of age

 *The following summarizes high-risk conditions for which Prevnar® 13 vaccine is publicly funded:

In addition, persons ≥ 6 weeks of age with other high-risk medical conditions, as per the Canadian Immunization Guide (CIG), could benefit from immunization with Prevnar® 13. The vaccine is not publicly funded for these purposes and would be available through prescription and purchase from a pharmacy or is available through purchase at the SDHU.

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