pneumococcal pediatric vaccine - injection, Prevnar 13
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.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014
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