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Doctor insights on: Pneumococcal Pneumonia Vaccine

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Does pneumococcal vaccine stop infants from catching viral pneumonia?

Does pneumococcal vaccine stop infants from catching viral pneumonia?

No: The pneumococcal vaccine helps prevent "strep pneumoniae" bacterial infections, such as pneumonia caused by that one type of bacteria. The vaccine doesn't prevent viral pneumonia, and doesn't prevent non-pneumococcal bacterial pneumonias. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more


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Does a pneumococcal vaccine give complete immunity agst pneumonia and does it last life long? Thx

Does a pneumococcal vaccine give complete immunity agst pneumonia and does it last life long? Thx

No / maybe: The pneumococcal vaccines (childhood or adult form) boost the immune system by helping develop antibodies to the strains of the germ contained in the vaccines.Pneumonia can be caused by many germs not effected by the vaccine, and the vaccine may not be 100% protective against pneumoccus in all individuals. Revaccination in adults who receive 1st dose < 65 is considered >5yrs but not routein after. ...Read more

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Can you get pneumonia from a child who just got the prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) vaccine?

Can you get pneumonia from a child who just got the prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) vaccine?

No: Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) vaccine does not contain any live bacteria or viruses. The vaccine can not cause pneumonia or infection in the person who was vaccinated or any contacts. Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) vaccine is very safe and effective. ...Read more

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How serious is pneumococcal pneumonia?

How serious is pneumococcal pneumonia?

Serious enough: It depends on how severe. It can reach from a severe infection that causes severe lung injury, systemic infection with organ failure and a real risk of death, to a milder infection that one treats as an outpatient. It is always something however that requires medical attention and treatment (antibiotics, supportive care). ...Read more

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What is pneumococcal pneumonia called that for?

What is pneumococcal pneumonia called that for?

Pneumoniae + coccus: The official name of the organism is streptococcus pneumoniae, which is a gram positive coccus. So its nickname became "pneumococcus, " which causes "pneumococcal" pneumonia. ...Read more

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How can you safely give chicken pox vaccine and pneumococcal vaccine together?

How can you safely give chicken pox vaccine and pneumococcal vaccine together?

Yes: Both can be given at the same time but not in the same syringe. The vaccines work on separate parts of the immune system that can work in parallel, allowing you to build your immunity to both at the same time. ...Read more

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How important is the pneumococcal vaccine for my baby?

How important is the pneumococcal vaccine for my baby?

Extremely Important: Pneumococcal vaccine, also known as prevnar13, protects your infant against the most common bacterial cause of meningitis and pneumonia, as well as ear and blood infections. The risks of the vaccine are minimal and pale in comparison to the diseases prevented. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a reaction to pneumococcal vaccine?

What are the symptoms of a reaction to pneumococcal vaccine?

See below:: Most reactions are mild and, on average, about half of the children are drowsy after the shot, have a temporary loss of appetite, or have redness or tenderness where the shot was given. About 1 out of 3 have swelling where the shot was given, about 1 of 3 have a mild fever, about 1 in 20 had a higher fever (over 102of), and about 8 out of 10 become fussy or irritable. ...Read more

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How normal is it normal to have pain after a pneumococcal vaccine?

How normal is it normal to have pain after a pneumococcal vaccine?

Little pain normal: A little pain at the site of injection can be normal like any other shot but it does not last longer tan 1 or 2 days at the most ...Read more

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Is the Pneumococcal vaccine, either kind, effective for frequent strep throats? Can it cause die-off reactions from the strep bacteria?

Is the Pneumococcal vaccine, either kind, effective for frequent strep throats? Can it cause die-off reactions from the strep bacteria?

Not effective.: This vaccine does not prevent strep throat. You can still get it and you need antibiotics if you do, to avoid the risk of getting rheumaticfever and/or heart disease. ...Read more

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After receiving pentavalent and pneumococcal vaccine in the leg 1 week ago a hard mass formed under the skin in place of shut of 1 of two vaccines.

After receiving pentavalent and pneumococcal vaccine in the leg 1 week ago a hard mass formed under the skin in place of shut of 1 of two vaccines.

Ice/observe: You must be writing about your baby receiving the pentavalent vaccine immunizing against 5 childhood diseases & pneumonia vaccine. Either might cause an inflammatory reaction under the skin. May ice and/or give acetaminophen for comfort. Observe for fever, diarrhea, vomiting, and see doctor promptly for any of these known side effects. Good wishes! ...Read more

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Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine has diphtheria proteins in it. Does Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine protect against pneumococcus and diphtheria? Thank-you!

Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine has diphtheria proteins in it. Does Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine protect against pneumococcus and diphtheria? Thank-you!

No: The diphtheria proteins used for PCV-13 (Prevnar) are not antigenic for diphtheria. That means they are not recognized by the body to produce an immune response. They just help carry the pneumococcal proteins into the appropriate cells to create the immune response for the pneumococcal bacteria. ...Read more

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Why is pneumococcal vaccine not given to all healthy adults 19-64, much like the flu vaccine? Why is it restricted and given only to"high risk" adults

The FDA: There is no reason why healthy adults cannot take this vaccination. The indications for who should be given it is determined by the fda. Physicians give this vaccination according to those official indications. Good question. ...Read more

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I'm allergic pneumovax, would I prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13?

I'm allergic pneumovax, would I prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13?

In general, No: I matters what the details were of your allergy to Pneumovax, but generally if you had a severe reaction to the Pneumovax, most doctors would not recommend that you have the Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13. Perhaps you could give more complete details of your allergy to your present phsycian and therefor get his/hre advice on the matter. ...Read more

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Pneumococcal Vaccine (Definition)

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