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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
January 14, 2020

Pneumococcal Vaccine Recommendation

JAMA. 2020;323(2):112. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.20494

An updated recommendation from CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) suggests adults aged 65 years or older should receive only the 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23) with a few exceptions.

In 2014, the ACIP recommended that older adults receive the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) first, then the PPSV23 at least a year later. Since then, widespread childhood vaccination with PCV13 and its predecessor the 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine have “led to sharp declines in pneumococcal disease among unvaccinated children and adults,” according to the ACIP’s review of the evidence. Based on that review, the ACIP voted to remove the recommendation for routine use of PCV13 followed by PPSV23 in this population.