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Should i give my child a pneumococcal meningitis vaccine?

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Dr. Marcus Degraw
Pediatrics 22 years experience
Depends on age: All kids less than 5 should receive multiple doses of the pneumococcal vaccine prevnar. A dose may be needed up to 6 for higher risk kids. Some people with other risks, such as spleen removal or sickle cell disease, will need an expanded form with more types included. The vaccines work very well and have dramatically decreased pneumococcal disease overall. Get any child vaccinated!
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park commented
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Other indications for pneumococcal vaccine beside mentioned by Dr. DeGraw include: children with complement deficiency; children facing cochlear implant; children with nephrotic syndrome.
Feb 5, 2012

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