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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
Dad 88 Dr says may have mds but considering his age they don't want to investigate further. Can he still get the pneumonia shot PREVNAR 13?
Prevnar: I see no reason he should not get a vaccination. ...Read more
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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
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
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.?
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
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
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?
Had PPV shot @ 10 am Thurs 12 weeks after Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 at pharm. Arm is sore & swollen several inches below injection area. Going down. Ice or heat?
Comfort: Whatever feels better to you. I personally would encourage cool. ...Read more
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
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
Four: Research has demonstrated that doses at 2, 4, 6, months and a booster between 12-15 months provides maximum immunity. ...Read more
My baby has had two prevenar 13 injections & she is due for her 3rd injection. I no longer have access to prevenar13, is it safe to give synflorix?
Synflorix: You may safely substitute synflorix for your childs thirdpneumococcal shot. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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