Pneumococcal: the green book, chapter 25

Pneumococcal immunisation information for public health professionals.


Pneumococcal: the Green book, chapter 25

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Pneumococcal disease is the term used to describe infections caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae (also called pneumococcus). S. pneumoniae is an encapsulated gram-positive coccus.

Published 20 March 2013
Last updated 14 August 2023 + show all updates
  1. Updated to include new conjugate vaccines, latest IPD incidence data, new section on recommendations for the routine use of pneumococcal vaccines.Updated information for individuals with cochlear implants.

  2. Removed the Pneumococcal: the green book, chapter 25 (for infants born up to and including 31 December 2019).

  3. Added the revised chapter for infants born on or after 1 January 2020.

  4. The risk group section (pg 8) has been rewritten for clarity and pneumococcal vaccine and supplier information updated.

  5. Updated background information and clarification on the immunisation schedule, and advise for children and adults in at risk groups (version 6).

  6. This chapter has been largely rewritten to bring it into line with the latest advice from Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).

  7. Updated the Body text to include a link to National Archives (chapter update patches) and NHS Choices.

  8. First published.