This vaccine protects against the 23 most common strains of pneumococcus, a bacteria that causes community acquired sinus, ear, throat, respiratory and skin infections. The vaccine is recommended for healthy elderly people (more than 65 years of age), particularly those living in institutions, and patients suffering from chronic organ failure, diabetes or certain immunodeficiency's (including all with HIV infection). A booster dose after five years is currently recommended for those patients in the high risk groups.

 
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