Vaccine - Pneumonia

This vaccine decreases the risk of a streptococcus pneumoniae infection, which can cause ear infections, pneumonia, meningitis and blood infections.

This vaccine decreases the risk of a streptococcus pneumoniae infection, which can cause ear infections, pneumonia, meningitis and blood infections.

Streptococcus pneumoniae are bacteria that can cause mild to severe infections. Some of the infections this bacteria can cause include:

  • Ear infections
  • Pneumonia
  • Meningitis
  • Blood infections

There are different types of pneumococcal bacteria. The pneumococcal vaccines protect against the types that cause the most pneumococcal disease.

  • The pneumococcal conjugate vaccine helps protect children and high risk adults from these infections.

There are two types of pneumococcal vaccines.

  • The pneumococcal conjugate vaccine protects against the types of bacteria that are responsible for over sixty percent of serious pneumococcal infections in children under age five.
  • The pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine protests against twenty three types of bacteria that are responsible for seventy five percent of pneumococcal blood infections.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that healthy children get the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine at age two months, four months, six months and twelve through fifteen months of age. Children over the age of two with certain risk factors should receive the pneumococcal conjugate and pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccines. Risk factors include:

  • Certain chronic diseases
  • A weakened immune system
  • Leaking cerebrospinal fluid
  • A cochlear implant.

Talk to your child's healthcare provider to see if your child is at high risk.

If your child has a moderate to severe illness, check with your healthcare provider before he or she receives the vaccine.

  • Your child should not receive the vaccine at all if he or she had a serious allergy or reaction to any of the components of the vaccine.

Contact your healthcare provider if your child is not up to date on their vaccines. Here is a list of questions you can ask about the pneumococcal vaccine.

  • Do you recommend this vaccine for me or my child, and why?
  • What are the risk factors for a streptococcus pneumoniae infection?
  • Does this vaccine need boosters, and when?
  • What are the side effects of this vaccine?
  • What are the risks if someone doesn't get the vaccine?


Also known as:

Vaccine Pneumonia
Vaccine - Pneumonia
Pneumonia Shot
Pneumonia Immunization
Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine
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