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Pneumococcal Vaccination

Pronounced (noo-muh-KOK-uhl)

At a Glance

Pneumococcal vaccination

Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) is recommended for all children younger than 5 years old, all adults 65 years or older, and people 6 years or older with certain risk factors. Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23) is recommended for all adults 65 years or older. People 2 years through 64 years of age who are at high risk of pneumococcal disease should also receive PPSV23.

 

What You Should Know

About the Disease

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Vaccine Information

The pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, PCV13 or Prevnar 13®, is currently recommended for all children younger than 5 years of age, all adults 65 years or older, and persons 6 through 64 years of age with certain medical conditions.

Pneumovax® is a 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPVSV23) that is currently recommended for use in all adults 65 years of age or older and for persons who are 2 years and older and at high risk for pneumococcal disease (e.g., those with sickle cell disease, HIV infection, or other immunocompromising conditions). PPSV23 is also recommended for use in adults 19 through 64 years of age who smoke cigarettes or who have asthma.

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Beliefs & Concerns

Vaccine Safety

As with all vaccines, there can be minor reactions, including pain and redness at the injection site, headache, fatigue or a vague feeling of discomfort.

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Who Should Not be Vaccinated?

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For Health Professionals

Clinical Information on Pneumococcal

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Vaccine Recommendations

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References and Resources

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Provider Education

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Materials for Patients about Pneumococcal Vaccination

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For the Media

Materials for the Media

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