Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine
Who needs pneumococcal vaccine and when?
Pneumococcal conjugate 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
- 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.
- Children 2 to 5 years old who are at high risk for pneumococcal meningitis, pneumonia, or blood infection should get the Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine (PPSV23).
More pneumococcal vaccine information
- Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV13): What You Need to Know
CDC's vaccine information statement (VIS) in English and other languages.
- Pneumococcal Vaccination: What Everyone Should Know
Questions and answers for parents, health care professionals, and people considering immunization from the CDC.
- Pneumococcal (PCV13) Information
Immunization Action Coalition page including journal articles, recommendations, case histories, photos, and vaccine shortage information.
- Who Needs Vaccines, When
Vaccination schedules for children and adults.