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(pneumococcal vaccine polyvalent) Injection
PNEUMOVAX 23 (Pneumococcal Vaccine Polyvalent) is a sterile, liquid vaccine consisting of a mixture of purified capsular polysaccharides from Streptococcus pneumoniae types (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6B, 7F, 8, 9N, 9V, 10A, 11A, 12F, 14, 15B, 17F, 18C, 19F, 19A, 20, 22F, 23F, and 33F).
PNEUMOVAX 23 is a clear, colorless solution. Each 0.5-mL dose of vaccine contains 25 micrograms of each polysaccharide type in isotonic saline solution containing 0.25% phenol as a preservative. The vaccine is used directly as supplied. No dilution or reconstitution is necessary.
The vial stoppers, syringe plunger stopper and syringe tip cap are not made with natural rubber latex.
What are the precautions when taking pneumococcal vaccine polyvalent (Pneumovax 23)?
Before you receive this vaccine, tell the health care professional if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients (such as the preservative phenol, latex or dry natural rubber in the vial stopper), which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this vaccine, tell your health care professional your medical history, especially of: your vaccination/immunization history, recent illness/fever.
This vaccine is not recommended for use in children younger than 2 years.
During pregnancy, this vaccine should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
It is unknown if this vaccine passes into breast milk....
Last reviewed on RxList: 11/18/2015
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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