Who should not get a pneumoccocal vaccine?

Because of age or health conditions, some people should not get certain vaccines or should wait before getting them. Read the guidelines below specific to pneumococcal vaccines and ask your or your child’s doctor for more information.

Children younger than 2 years old should not get PPSV23. In addition, tell the person who is giving you or your child a pneumococcal conjugate vaccine if:

  1. You or your child have had a life-threatening allergic reaction or have a severe allergy.

  2. Anyone who has had a life-threatening allergic reaction to any of the following should not get PCV13:

  • A shot of this vaccine

  • An earlier pneumococcal conjugate vaccine called PCV7 (or Prevnar®)

  • Any vaccine containing diphtheria toxoid (for example, DTaP)

  • Anyone who has had a life-threatening allergic reaction to PPSV23 should not get another shot.

  • Anyone with a severe allergy to any part of either of these vaccines should not get that vaccine. Your or your child’s doctor can tell you about the vaccines’ ingredients.

Page Last Updated: 13/01/2021