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Pneumovax 23 Vaccine

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Overview

Introduction of Pneumovax 23 Vaccine

Pneumovax 23 Vaccine is used for prevention of pneumonia, meningitis, blood infection and ear infection. Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine is a vaccine given to prevent invasive diseases caused by pneumococcal bacteria such as pneumonia, meningitis, ear and blood infections.

Pneumovax 23 Vaccine is made using only the polysaccharide (sugar) molecules from the outside of pneumococcal bacteria. Polysaccharide vaccines are not very effective in children under 2 years of age as the immune system is too immature to generate a strong protective response to this kind of vaccine. Older children and adults do respond to it but not as well as they do to the conjugate vaccine. It is usually given as an injection into the muscle (intramuscular) of the upper arm. Only one dose is needed for most people. A booster dose can be given 5 years after the first dose.

Inform your doctor if you have an infection with a high temperature, as vaccination may need to be delayed until recovery. It may cause fever. Inform your doctor if it does not go away or if it gets higher than 102 degree fahrenheit.

Pneumovax 23 Vaccine side effects

Common
  • Allergic reaction
  • Fever
  • Injection site redness
  • Rash
  • Soreness

How to use Pneumovax 23 Vaccine

Your doctor or nurse will give you this medicine. Kindly do not self administer.

How Pneumovax 23 Vaccine works

Pneumovax 23 Vaccine is a vaccine which helps develop immunity by initiating a mild infection. This type of infection does not cause illness but stimulates the body's immune system to produce antibodies (proteins) to protect against any future infections.

Pneumovax 23 Vaccine related warnings

Alcohol
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
It is not known whether it is safe to consume alcohol with Pneumovax 23 Vaccine. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Information regarding the use of Pneumovax 23 Vaccine during pregnancy is not available. Please consult your doctor.
Lactation
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Information regarding the use of Pneumovax 23 Vaccine during lactation is not available. Please consult your doctor.
Driving
SAFE
Pneumovax 23 Vaccine does not usually affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
There is limited information available on the use of Pneumovax 23 Vaccine in patients with kidney disease. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
There is limited information available on the use of Pneumovax 23 Vaccine in patients with liver disease. Please consult your doctor.

What if you miss a dose of Pneumovax 23 Vaccine?

If you miss a dose of Pneumovax 23 Vaccine, please consult your doctor.

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Expert Advice

  • Pneumovax 23 Vaccine is a vaccine given to prevent invasive diseases caused by pneumococcal bacteria such as pneumonia, meningitis, ear and blood infections.
  • It is usually given as an injection into the muscle (intramuscular) of the upper arm.
  • Only one dose is needed for most people. A booster dose can be given 5 years after the first dose.
  • Inform your doctor if you have an infection with a high temperature, as vaccination may need to be delayed until recovery.
  • It may cause fever. Inform your doctor if it does not go away or if it gets higher than 102 degree fahrenheit.

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Pneumovax 23 with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
Brand(s): Healgraft
LIFE-THREATENING
Brand(s): Thioprinz
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Stoin, Marantin, Notian
MINOR
Brand(s): Carz, Antep, C Lep
MINOR

Patient Concerns

Questions Related to Pneumovax 23

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Is pneumonia vaccine complsory? For childs
Dr. Gopal Samdani
Child Specialist
If you want to protect your child from getting infection with Pneumococcal bactera which can cause pneumonia, bloodstream infection (sepsis), or meningitis. The bacteria spread through coughing or sneezing, or through direct contact such as kissing.then you can take thatIf you do not want protection to your child from that bacteria you can skip
Just now I have recovered from Meningitis and brain infection. Suggest me better diet chart. Thnk u.
Dr. Shikha Mishra
Dietician
eat 6-7 meals per day, which consist fruits, nuts, buttermilk,sprouts,idly,curd eggs,sprouts homecooked food. Drink 3-4 litters of water limit your sugar consumption to 2 spoon per day. Be active whole day do minimum 45 min exercise everyday like pranayam
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FAQs

Q. When is pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine given?

Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine is given in between the age of 2 to 65. In certain cases when a second dose is recommended, it should be given 5 years after the first dose. Please follow your doctor's advice regarding dosing schedule.
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References
  1. Synflorix [Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Conjugate Vaccine (adsorbed) IP]. Mumbai, India: GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Limited; 2011 [revised 28 Nov. 2018]. [Accessed 15 Jul. 2019] (online) Available from:External Link
  2. Synflorix [Pneumococcal polysaccharide conjugate vaccine, 10 valent adsorbed]. Rixensart, Belgium: GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals S.A.; 2009 [revised 6 May 2016]. [Accessed 15 Jul. 2019] (online) Available from:External Link
  3. Sinha A, Singh S. Immunization and Immunodeficiency. In: Paul VK, Bagga A, editors. Ghai Essential Pediatrics. 8th ed. New Delhi: CBS Publisher's & Distributors Pvt Ltd.; 2013. pp. 199-200.
  4. Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine. Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire: Merck Sharp & Dohme Limited; 2000 [revised 21 Mar. 2019]. [Accessed 04 Apr. 2019] (online) Available from:External Link
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