Pneumococcus is a very common bacterium that lives in the human respiratory system. When a person’s immunity declines due to illness or immunosuppressive drugs, Pneumococcus bacteria will attack the human body and cause severe infections, such as pneumonia, sepsis and meningitis.
In Hong Kong, infants receive two doses of Pneumococcal Vaccine at 2 months old and 4 months old, and a booster dose at 12 months old. All three doses are free as part of the Hong Kong Childhood Immunisation Programme. All elderly over 65 years old may also receive free Pneumococcal Vaccine, which is subsidized by the Government Vaccination Programme.
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