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I'm a healthy 58yo. Should I get Prevnar 13 now and pneumovax 5 yrs later?

I'm a healthy 58yo. Should I get Prevnar 13 now and pneumovax 5 yrs later?

No: Prevnar and Pneumovax are indicated for patients 65yrs+ to help prevent pneumococcal infections including pneumonia. It is recommended to get Prevnar first, followed by Pneumovax 6-12 mos later. No booster is currently recommended. Pneumovax is recommended for patients 18-64yrs who have chronic medical conditions including Asthma, Tobacco Abuse, Diabetes, heart disease and lung disease. ...Read more

Dr. Milroy Samuel
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Pneumococcal vaccine is an immunization which is a kind of ...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 a flu shot and prevnar 13 shot, together, cause an adverse reaction? Thank you.

Can a flu shot and prevnar 13 shot, together, cause an adverse reaction? Thank you.

No problem: Congratulations on your wise decision to be vaccinated against both influenza and pneumococcal pneumonia. Both will cause soreness at the injection site for a few days. Otherwise the risk of side effects is very low for both vaccines, and it is entirely safe to have both at the same time. This is done very frequently. ...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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Should I be concerned if my 7 month old daughter got her first dose of pneumoccocal vaccine (prevnar) 2 days back and still has fever.?

Should I be concerned if my 7 month old daughter got her first dose of pneumoccocal vaccine (prevnar) 2 days back and still has fever.?

No: A few days of fever is normal after Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) vaccine. If you have a measurable temperature of 100.0 f or more after 3 days, then there might be another problem and I would see the doctor. ...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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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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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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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

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I would like to know if the hip and prevenar vaccine are importante or not?

I would like to know if the hip and prevenar vaccine are importante or not?

Yes: The vaccines are only important if you don't want to risk your child dying from Hib or pneumococcal disease... These diseases are real, they are prevalent and, let there be no doubt, they are deadly. Don't screw around with Hib and pneumococcus, protect your child. ...Read more

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How many does of hip and prevenar is recomended on the first year?

How many does of hip and prevenar is recomended on the first year?

Four: Research has demonstrated that doses at 2, 4, 6, months and a booster between 12-15 months provides maximum immunity. ...Read more

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Hi. When my 11 year old was younger, Prevenar was not offered or required as a vaccine on the government schedule. Now it is. She has not taken a single Prevenar vaccine. Will she benefit from taking it now? Should she still take this vaccine?

Not particularly: The prevnar is a good vaccine & can help a person develop antibodies to the strains in the vaccine. However, it is seldom offered to kids at 11 because their illness risks with these germs diminishes after early childhood. The benefits of such "bacterial" vaccines are time sensitive, meaning they fade faster than viral vaccines. You can get it is you wish, but I wouldn't lose sleep over not doing it ...Read more

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Can it be possible for us to delay the second dose of prevenar vaccine?

Can it be possible for us to delay the second dose of prevenar vaccine?

Yes it can be delaye: Yes it cam be delayed but it does not make any sense to delay the second dose if you have had first dose already. You should not delay second dose in my opinion ...Read more

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What is a "medication HA"?

What is a "medication HA"?

I think: Medication headache....a type of frequent or daily headache. I'm not positive though. Need to see what the context the phrase was used. ...Read more

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What is best pain medication?

What is best pain medication?

There are none...: Even the strongest opiates only "take the edge off" for people in chronic pain. Meds are only one part of dealing with the pain. A useful tool, but pain is so necessary for survival that we are not "allowed" to monkey with it much. In acute pain, the transition from miserable to less miserable can be great. In chronic pain, it's just part of the plan. ...Read more

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I need refills on my medications?

Not here: For that you will likely need the prime service of healthtap. Easier to call your pop imo ...Read more

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Are expired medications effective?

Sometimes: Sometimes they are. For the most part, expired drugs simply lose potency once past their expiration date. There are, however, some drugs that actually become harmful if taken after they expire. As such, it is best to throw out any medications you have after a year. ...Read more

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Which pain medication works better?

No answer: The best drug is the one that works with the lowest side effect incidence. That will change between patients. ...Read more

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Safest medication to take for pain?

ASPRIN: Actually no one has decided on 'safest'. Asprin has been around since before you were born and unless you take too much (yes, too much of anything isn't good) most people are okay with it. If the pain it too severe for asprin you need to know what causes it. Good diagnosis is called for. See the dr. ...Read more

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How can I dispose unused medications?

How can I dispose unused medications?

Several options: You can take them to your local pharmacy for proper disposal. Some medically oriented charities will also take medication for distribution to the disadvantaged. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: topical?

Please describe the medication: topical?

Applies to skin: Topical just refers to how a medication is applied. In this case to the skin and is meant to treat local skin problems. Some meds are applied to the skin but are meant to be absorbed into the body in which case we use the term "transdermal" since it is meant to pass through the skin to affect the whole body. ...Read more

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What medications are given fordepression?

What medications are given fordepression?

Why R you depressed?: If your depression is affecting your life and/or those around you and you have trouble dealing with it or not knowing how to etc. It is very reasonable to seek help, either from a therapist, your physician/nurse, or both. Psychotherapy may be adequate for some, others may need both meds (many choices, depending on your symptoms/needs) and therapy. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more