Invasive Pneumococcal Disease Prevention Campaign

Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services is running a local campaign this 2016/17 flu season to prevent invasive pneumococcal disease.  

Click on the images below to open the posters.

link to poster A link to poster B link to poster C link to poster D


  • Every year, about 60 people in Waterloo Region get Invasive Pneumococcal Disease (IPD) and seven die from it. This has generally been higher than the Ontario average over the past five years.[1]
  • Just over half of IPD cases in Waterloo Region are unimmunized.
  • Immunization with Ontario's publicly funded vaccines (Prevnar 13 and Pneumovax 23) can prevent invasive pneumococcal disease in up to 7 in 10 adults, depending on their age and health condition. [2],[3] Consult our Invasive Pneumococcal Disease and Vaccine Fact Sheet for more detail.


Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care providers are supporting the campaign.

Campaign materials include posters for waiting areas (see above); tear-off referral sheets for specialists, pharmacists, and nurses; and stickers for pharmacists to attach to clients' influenza immunization record card (see below).

Click on these images to open the documents.

link to tear-off sheet   sticker for pharmacies


For more information, contact Public Health at 519-575-4400 ext. 5275.

For more information about invasive pneumococcal disease and vaccination eligibility and effectiveness, consult our Invasive Pneumococcal Disease and Vaccine and Fact Sheet.

To order pnuemococcal vaccines, fill out the Vaccine Order Form

[1] Infectious Diseases in Waterloo Region: Surveillance Report 2015

[2] Bonten et al. (2015). Polysaccharide conjugate vaccine against pneumococcal pneumonia in adults. NEJM

[3] Kraicer-Melamed et al. (2016). The effectiveness of pneumococcal vaccine 23 (PPV23) in the general population of 50 years of age and older: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Vaccine