GENERIC NAME: PNEUMOCOCCAL PEDIATRIC VACCINE - INJECTION (NEU-mo-KOK-al pee-dee-AT-rik)
BRAND NAME(S): Prevnar 13
USES: This vaccine helps protect young children (e.g., infants and toddlers) against serious infections (e.g., meningitis, pneumonia, chronic ear infections) due to certain bacteria (Streptococcus pneumoniae).Different brands of pneumococcal vaccine have different recommendations for use based on the age of the child.Some brands are also approved for use in older children and in adults over 50 years of age.Another form of this vaccine should be used if the child is older than 2 years and has certain medical conditions (heart disease, lung disease, liver disease, diabetes, spleen problems, sickle cell anemia, HIV infection). Talk to your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
HOW TO USE: Read the Vaccine Information Statement available from your health care provider before receiving the vaccine. If you have any questions, consult your health care provider.This vaccine is injected into a muscle by a health care professional. It is usually injected into the thigh in infants or into the upper arm in toddlers, children, and adults.The child may receive up to 4 injections. The number of injections that are given depends on the age of the child. Adults only receive 1 injection.If the child is receiving this vaccination before spleen surgery or before receiving cancer chemotherapy or other drugs that decrease the immune system function, it should be given at least 2 weeks before these procedures to be effective. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
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