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Pneumonia is an infection that inflames the air sacs in one or both lungs. The air sacs may fill with fluid or pus (purulent material), causing cough with phlegm or pus, fever, chills, and difficulty breathing. A variety of organisms, including bacteria, viruses and fungi, can cause pneumonia.
Pneumonia can range in seriousness from mild to life-threatening. It is most serious for infants and young children, people older than age 65, and people with health problems or weakened immune systems.
PCV13 provides protection against pneumonia (lung infection).
For Infants and Young Children
PCV13 is recommended as a series of four doses, one dose at each of these ages:
- 2 months
- 4 months
- 6 months
- 12 through 15 months
Children who miss their shots at these ages should still get the vaccine. The number of doses and the intervals between doses will depend on the child’s age. .
One dose of PCV13 is recommended for all adults 65 years or older who have not previously received the vaccine. A dose of PPSV23 should be given at least one year later.
For adults 65 years or older who have already received one or more doses of PPSV23, the dose of PCV13 should be given at least one year after receiving the most recent dose of PPSV23.
For Children 6 through 18 Years and Adults 19 through 64 Years Old
One dose of PCV13 is recommended for children 6 through 18 years old and adults 19 through 64 years old with the following medical conditions that put them at increased risk for pneumococcal disease:
- Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks (leak in fluid around the brain and spine)
- Cochlear implant(s) (electronic medical device that replace the function of a damaged inner ear)
- Sickle cell disease and other hemaglobinopathies (blood disorders)
- Functional or anatomic asplenia (a spleen that is damaged or removed)
- Congenital or acquired immunodeficiencies (weakened immune system)
- HIV infection
- Chronic renal failure (kidney failure)
- Nephrotic syndrome (kidney disease)
- Leukemia (cancer of the blood)
- Hodgkin's disease (cancer of the lymphatic system)
- Generalized malignancy (cancer)
- Long-term immunosuppressive therapy (medication that lower the body’s immune system)
- Solid organ transplant
- Multiple myeloma (cancer of plasma cells)
Adults with one of the above listed conditions who have not received any pneumococcal vaccine should get a dose of PCV13 first and should also continue to receive the recommended doses of PPSV23. Ask your health care provider for details.
Adults who have previously received one or more doses of PPSV23, and have one of the above listed conditions should also receive a dose of PCV13 and should continue to receive the remaining recommended doses of PPSV23. Ask your health care provider for details.
Our experienced nurses visit patient’s home and help with vaccination at home. We also provide vaccination at corporate offices for employees and for institutions also..
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