A group of serious infections that affects children under 5 years old. It is most prevalent under the age of 2 years in Singapore. It is transmitted via respiratory droplets and can cause meningitis, severe pneumonia, middle ear infection and blood infection.
3 doses should be given before the 1st birthday. 1 booster dose is given after 12 months old with a minimum interval of 8 weeks from the previous dose.
Catch-up vaccination is recommended for all children who are previously unimmunised in the following categories:
Supplemental pneumococcal vaccination with PCV13 is recommended for children who have either started or completed pneumococcal vaccination with the 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV7). PCV13 contains seven serotypes included in PCV7 plus six additional serotypes.