Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine (PPV23)

Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine (PPV23)

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Summary:
One type of bacteria that can cause an infection is called Streptococcus pneumoniae (or pneumococcus). Four out of ten healthy people have pneumococcal bacteria in their mouth, nose, and throat without becoming ill. When these bacteria enter the body, they can cause pneumococcal pneumonia, which is an infection of the lungs. The bacteria can attack the blood cells and cause a serious disease called bacteraemia. They can also infect the fluid lining around the brain and spinal cord causing meningitis. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommends PPV23 for adults and children aged two years and older who are at higher risk of serious pneumococcal infections.

Audience:
General public and health professionals

Type:
Fact Sheet

Updated:
June 2007