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What is the definition or description of: Pneumococcal vaccine allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Pneumococcal vaccine allergy?

Pneumococcal vaccine: An allergy occurs when your body’s immune system creates antibodies to a foreign substance causing a reaction that can be mild to severe. For potential adverse effects to Pneumococcal vaccine, see: http://www. Rxlist. Com/pneumovax-23-side-effects-drug-center. Htm ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Vaccinations (Definition)

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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Can you advise on where to buy pneumococcal vaccine for children?

Can you advise on where to buy pneumococcal vaccine for children?

You Can Not Buy It: You can not buy Pnumococcal Vaccine. Only Doctors or Clinics are authorized to bye it
If you need this vaccine or any other Vaccine. You have to Doctor or Clinic ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Reaction to pneumococcal vaccine?

What is the definition or description of: Reaction to pneumococcal vaccine?

Vaccine reactions: Depends on which pneumococcal vaccine is used. Usual reactions are soreness at injection site For some vaccines 5-9% get a low fever. Rarely an allergic reaction. ...Read more

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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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What is pneumococcal vaccine? Does it treat streptococcus pneumoniae?

What is pneumococcal vaccine? Does it treat streptococcus pneumoniae?

At least 2 available: The pneumoccal vaccines contain material designed to help an individual develop protective antibodies against a variety of pneumoccal strains. There are at least 2 vaccines in common use in the US. Once given, it takes weeks for the immune system to respond with new antibodies. It is not used to treat any active disease, it is used to prevent them. ...Read more

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What happens if a child got 2 prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) vaccines between the age of 2-11 months old but then didn't follow up with the third?

What happens if a child got 2 prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) vaccines between the age of 2-11 months old but then didn't follow up with the third?

Incomplete series: There is likelyhood that the degree of protection afforded by the vaccine will fade sooner. The 3rd could be completed even when delayed over a year. ...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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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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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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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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Got my pneumococcal vaccine 9yrs back. Do I need a booster? Thx very much

Got my pneumococcal vaccine 9yrs back. Do I need a booster? Thx very much

Pnuemococcal vaccine: Excellent question. Current recommendation is that if first dose was given before age 55, 1 additional booster dose given after 5 years. Otherwise, no booster dose needed. Kids are a little different because there are 2 types of vaccine used in some kids who are high risk for disease (like if they have sickle cell, no spleen). Then they get vaccine as infant, and the "adult" vaccine after age 2. ...Read more

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I had the pneumovax vaccine 5 years ago. Do I need the new pneumococcal vaccine?

Recommended: For seniors, or others with compormized immunity, who do not always get adequate antibody response to the pneumovax vaccine. The new vaccine has a different formulation that seems to generate a strong response and includes the current major invasive strains of S. pneumoniae bacteria. ...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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Should I be concerned if my son is 16 months & so far not recd pneumococcal vaccine. Can he now get it?

Should I be concerned if my son is 16 months & so far not recd pneumococcal vaccine. Can he now get it?

I would get it: Delays in receiving this vaccine will not change the benefit your son receives. It just delays the beginning of protection from invasive pneumococcal disease. ...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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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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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?

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?

Pneumovax 23: Pneumovax 23 is the immunization for you. Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 is an immunization for primaryimmunization in children under 4 years of age. ;) ...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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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

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

Confusing system: Docs can give this to most patients at most ages. However, the politics of healthcare/insurance companies, cost, all plays a part. The advisory committees decide who needs it the most, if adopted by several such committees the insurers may pay for it only for listed groups. The docs push to target those with the most need/benefit. You are always welcome to pay out of pocket for it but it costs $$$ ...Read more

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What pneumococcal vaccine is recomended for Pulmonary Hypertension, PCV13 or PPSV23? And with an autoimmune disease?

Both are recommended: There is overlap between the vaccines, but some individuals get a better response from the PCV13 vaccine. See the article published in Morbidity and Mortality:http://www. Cdc. Gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6337a4.htm ...Read more

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What's the implication of having low iga, low total protein, low IG subclasses, not adequately forming antibodies to pneumococcal vaccine, petichiae?

What's the implication of having low iga, low total protein, low IG subclasses, not adequately forming antibodies to pneumococcal vaccine, petichiae?

CVID: This is commonly found in adults as common variable immunodeficiency and can cause repeated upper respiratory infections and pneumonia. It is treated with ivig or sqig. An allergist. Immunologist can help you get start on treatment, it will turn your life around. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about the pneumococcal vaccine (for chronic ear infections)?

Can you tell me about the pneumococcal vaccine (for chronic ear infections)?

Works well: Pneumococcal disease accounts for about 50% of bacterial ear infections. The vaccine targets the 13 most common strains in that family. It works well in reducing ear infections, pneumonia, blood infections and meningitis. It is 1 to 4 shots, depending on age. ...Read more

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Does pneumococcal vaccine prevent ear and sinus infection in healhty adults (e.G., no underlying chronic disease)?

Does pneumococcal vaccine prevent ear and sinus infection in healhty adults (e.G., no underlying chronic disease)?

PCV can help prevent: As pneumococcus is a major cause of middle ear and sinus disease, a polyvalent pneumococcal immunization can be of benefit. ...Read more

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Is it ok to get the Hep A, Hep B, MMR, Varicella, and Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccines at the same time? If there is side effects, how quickly would they occur?

It is fine: The most common to all are local site soreness. The next would be swelling or redness in the muscle where one is injected. Rarely a person is allergic to some component of the vaccine & hives might occur. The immune "stress" on the body is well tolerated. That combo adds up to a fraction of the stress the old smallpox vaccine had alone. I consider separate day dosing on a kid a form of child abuse ...Read more

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I have Primary Immune Deficiency, MS, POTS, RA, Raynauds, etc... no response to pneumovax or prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine). ANAs always neg. Sero-negative. Please help!

I have Primary Immune Deficiency, MS, POTS, RA, Raynauds, etc... no response to pneumovax or prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine). ANAs always neg. Sero-negative. Please help!

Workup and Mgt: There are many PIDs and some are associated with autoimmune disease. Since there is so much variation, the diagnosis can be difficult. If you are prone to infections, the pattern of the infections, type and location will help your physician determine the diagnosis and treatment. If you have lung involvement, an HRCT is helpful. Most PIDs involve B cells and I would advise B cell studies. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


Pneumococcal Vaccine Allergy (Definition)

An allergy occurs when your body’s immune system creates antibodies to a foreign substance causing a reaction that can be mild to severe. For potential adverse effects to Pneumococcal vaccine, see: ...Read more