do I have to get vaccinated every year with pcv13?...

Question: 

do I have to get vaccinated every year with pcv13?

Answer: 

Unlike flu vaccine which is required yearly, adults for whom a dose of Pneumococcal Conjugate (PCV 13) Vaccine is recommended receive it as a one time dose.

The PCV 13 Vaccine is provided for free to children in BC as part of their routine immunizations.  It is routinely given at 2, 4 and 12 months of age. The vaccine is also provided for free to some older children and adults with certain medical conditions that put them at high risk of pneumococcal disease.

You can find more information about the Pneumococcal Conjugate (PCV 13) Vaccine here

The Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine protects against 23 types of pneumococcal bacteria.  This vaccine is recommended and available free for adults 65 years of age and older and adults living in residential care facilities. You will find  more information here.

If you have further questions, you can contact your local community health centre and ask to speak to a Public Health Nurse or talk to your immunization provider.

Immunization Nurse