Pneumonia Vaccine Funding
MDANZ recognises the importance of our members staying well particularly through winter months. It is recommended that individuals with neuromuscular conditions receive vaccination for prevention of pneumococcal diseases, such as pneumococcal pneumonia, due to increased risk of not only becoming unwell with pneumonia but also the increased risk of complications if there is an inability to cough and clear the airways effectively.
Pneumococcal vaccines are fully funded for children under 5 years of age on the National Immunisation Schedule, however government funding is not generally available for older children and adults unless they meet specific high risk criteria. For this reason, you may not be eligible to receive a funded vaccine through your local general practice (GP).
There are two recommended pneumococcal vaccinations (Prevenar 13 which costs approx $200; and Pneumovax 23 which costs approx $70) which protect against different strains of bacteria that can cause pneumococcal disease and pneumonia. Because cost is a barrier to having the vaccine, MDANZ has a reimbursement programme available to registered members who have a neuromuscular condition.
For more information about vaccination recommendations, please click here.