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April 6 Street Connections Newsletter

Pneumococcal Infection

What is it?


It is an infection that can cause problems in your:

  • Lungs (pneumonia)

  • Blood (bacteremia)

  • Covering of the brain (meningitis) - Meningitis can lead to permanent problems like deafness and brain damage.


Did you know you can get a pneumococcal infection any time of the year?

There are more than 90 types of pneumococcal infection that you can get.


There is a vaccine available to help prevent 23 types of pneumococcal infection.


How often should I get a vaccination to prevent pneumococcal infection?


Most people only need one dose during their lifetime.


If you have a chronic health condition, talk to your doctor to find out if and when you need a second dose.


In Manitoba you can get the vaccine for free if you:

  • are homeless
    • No fixed address and couch surfing
    • Living in a shelter
    • Living on the streets


  • Use drugs or have an addiction:
    • Injecting or smoking drugs
    • Sniffing solvents
    • Addiction to alcohol
    • Cigarette Smokers
    • Use steroids


  • Have health problems that may include:
    • Asthma
    • COPD
    • HIV or AIDS
    • Taking cancer treatment
    • Diabetes
    • Heart problems
    • Liver disease (including hepatitis)
    • Taking dialysis
    • Cystic Fibrosis
    • Have had a stroke
    • No spleen or your spleen isn't working properly


  • Are 65 years of age or older


Where can I get the vaccination?


Street Connections can offer you the vaccination from the office at 496 Hargrave Street..


Before you can get the vaccine, the nurse has to check your provincial immunization record to see if you have had it before.  Street Connections can only give you the vaccination if you have never had it before.


If you have had the pneumococcal vaccination before, you need to see your healthcare provider to find out if you need it again.


If you come to the Street Connections office at 496 Hargrave Street, this can all be done within 20-30 minutes. At the 496 Hargrave Street office, nurses are available for the pneumococcal vaccination Monday to Friday  between 8:30 am to 4:00 pm


You can also talk to your regular healthcare provider about getting the vaccination.



You can also get the vaccination at:



Aboriginal Health and Wellness

(for people of Aboriginal ancestry and non-Aboriginal family members of Aboriginal people)


215 - 181 Higgins Ave.

Call for an Appointment                                  204-925-3700

Hours of Operation:                                        Monday to Friday

                                                                        9:00 am to 4:30 pm.



You Matter Wellness Clinic


601 Aikins Street

1st and 3rd Thursday of each month             1:00 pm to 4:00pm


Appointments preferred,

but walk-ins accepted.                                    204-940-2099



Quick Care Clinics


Appointments preferred, but walk-ins accepted.

463 McGregor Street

Phone: 204-940-1963


Mon – Fri

12:00 pm – 7:30 pm


Sat, Sun & Holidays

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

17 St. Mary’s Road

Phone: 204-940-4332


Mon – Fri

12:00 pm – 7:30 pm


Sat, Sun & Holidays

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

3-620 Dakota Street

Phone: 204-940-2211


Mon – Fri

12:00 pm – 7:30 pm


Sat, Sun & Holidays

9:00 am – 4:30 pm













Call your community area Public Health Office


St. James community office: 204-940-2040

Assiniboine South community office: 204-940-2040

Point Douglas community office: 204-940-2025

Downtown East community office: 204-940-8711

Downtown West community office: 204-940-6669

Fort Garry community office: 204- 940-2015

River Heights community office: 204-938-5500

St. Boniface community office: 204-940-2035

St. Vital community office: 204-940-2045

ACCESS River East community office: 204-938-5000

ACCESS Transcona community office: 204-938-5555

Seven Oaks community office: 204-938-5600

Inkster/Tyndall Park community office: 204-938-5900









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