The Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (cont.)
In this Article
- What is Pneumococcal Disease?
- What is the Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV)?
- Who Should Get PCV and When?
- Some Children Should Not Get PCV or Should Wait.
- What Are the Risks from PCV?
- What if there is a severe reaction?
- What is the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program?
- How Can I Learn More?
Who should get PCV and when?
Infants and Children Under 2 Years of Age
PCV is routinely given as a series of 4 doses, one dose at each of these ages:
- 2 months
- 4 months
- 6 months
- 12-15 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. Ask your health care provider for details.
Children 2 through 4 Years of Age
- Healthy children between their 2nd and 5th birthdays who have not completed the PCV series should get 1 dose.
- Children with medical conditions such as:
- sickle cell disease,
- a damaged spleen or no spleen,
- cochlear implants,
- HIV/AIDS or other diseases that affect the immune system (such as diabetes, cancer, or liver disease), or
- chronic heart or lung disease . . .
PCV may be given at the same time as other vaccines.
Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control
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