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Adult Pneumococcal Vaccination: Do You Know the New Recommendations?

1.50 Mainpro+ Credit(s)

Program available online until: January 19, 2019

This Self-Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 1.50 Mainpro+ Credit(s).

Recommend and administer pneumococcal vaccination for adults at-risk


Pneumococcal disease (PD) can be either invasive or non-invasive, and is caused by the gram positive bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae. It can manifest as septicaemia, meningitis, empyema, and community-acquired pneumonia (CAP).1

There are over 90 identified serotypes of S pneumoniae, of which 13 cause the majority of PD.

All manifestations of PD are potentially serious, life-threatening, and with long-term sequela.

Planning Committee

  • Ronald F. Grossman, MD, FRCPC, FCCP, FACP.
  • Mark Loeb, MSc, MD, FRCPC.
  • Vivien Brown, MDCM, CCFP, FCFP, NCMP.
  • Marla Shapiro, C.M., MDCM, CCFP, MHSC, FRCPC, FCFP, NCMP.
  • Elyssa Elman, MDCM, CCFP.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the burden of disease associated with pneumonia.
  2. Detail the new updates to National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recommendations for adult pneumococcal vaccination.
  3. Differentiate between pneumococcal vaccines on the basis of their mechanism of action.
  4. Recommend and administer pneumococcal vaccination in adults, in accordance with the updated NACI guidelines.

Questions answered by our experts: Dr. Ronald F. Grossman, MD, FRCPC, FCCP, FACP and Dr. Vivien Brown, MDCM, CCFP, FCFP, NCMP

    • Is there a care-gap due to an emphasis on PD management, rather than prevention?
    • PNEU-C-13 vaccine contains 13 serotypes. PNEU-P-23 vaccine contains 23. Is more better?
    • What is new in the recommendations for pneumococcal vaccination of adults 65+ years of age?
    • What are the long-term consequences of pneumonia in adults age 50 and older? What about in the frail elderly?
    • When a vaccine is publicly covered, does that mean it is the most effective immunizing agent available?

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