Pneumococcal Vaccine (Prevnar, PCV13)

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Who needs pneumococcal vaccine and when?
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Who needs pneumococcal vaccine and when?

Pneumococcal vaccine (PCV13), also called Prevnar, protects against the 13 most common types of pneumonia.

  • Children should get 4 doses of Prevnar, at 2, 4, 6 and 12-15 months of age.

  • It is recommended for all children 23 months of age and younger.

  • All children under the age of 2, who attend child care in Minnesota, must get the pneumococcal vaccine, or file appropriate exemptions.

  • The vaccine is particularly recommended for high risk children, those with sickle cell disease, no or poorly functioning spleen; human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection or other illnesses that weaken the immune system; have a cerebrospinal fluid leak or cochlear implants.

More pneumococcal vaccine information

  • Pneumococcal (PCV13) Information
    Immunization Action Coalition page including journal articles, recommendations, case histories, photos, and vaccine shortage information. Attention: Non-MDH link

Updated Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 01:19PM