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Pneumococcal Pneumonia Vaccine
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am 46 year old male with asthma. My dr. Suggest I get a pneumococcal vaccine. Pharmacy has Prevnar 13 and Pneumovax 23, what vaccine is better?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Is the Pneumococcal vaccine, either kind, effective for frequent strep throats? Can it cause die-off reactions from the strep bacteria?
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!
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
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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