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Tell me the schedule of pneumonia vaccine for children

My baby boy age is 17+ months, wt- 10 kgs. We have given him first pneumonia vaccine (PCV13) at his age 16+months. So when will be the next one and how many of such vaccine he should get to fight against pneumonia. How much disease is covered with the help of this vaccine.
Thu, 29 Nov 2012
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Pediatrician, Cardiology 's  Response
The most commonly followed schedule for pneumococcal vaccine is 3+1 (at 6,10,14 week and then at 12-15 month of age)schedule. Pneumococcal vaccine (conjugated like PCV13) can be given from the age of 6 weeks upto 5 years as pneumonia is more severe in this particular age group and which can be prevented by vaccination.

There are various studies according to which protective efficacy against pneumococcal pneumonia varies between 80-98% after complete vaccination.

Now the schedule changes according to age category. As your child is in age group of 12-23 months only two dosage are needed which should be at least 8 weeks apart.
So next dose of PCV 13( pneumococcal conjugate vaccine) in your child will be needed 8 weeks after first dose that is at 18+ months.

Wish you and your family good health
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Pediatrician Dr. Partho Sarathi Roy's  Response

welcome to Health Care Magic,

There are many causes of pneumonia and one of them is phemococcal bateria which can be prevented by that vaccine.But as the cause is multifactorial other possibility of pneumonia is still there.The good news is that true pneumonia is very rare now a days and treatment option is also good now.Please note that all vaccine including pcv has its preventive role and its a 'helmet'

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Pediatrician Dr. Vibin K V's  Response
hi welcome to Health Care Magic,
repeat dose after 8 weeks. 2 doses are enough but its better to give PCV 7.
there is nothing called PPV13, it must have been ppv 23, which needs only 1 dose. so be clear of what is been given for the child
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Pediatrician, Neonatology Dr. Nashwa H Alashry's  Response
If your baby has recieved the first dose between 12-23 months , he should recieve a second one at least two months later, and that should be protective up to 5 years of age ,where pnuemococcal disease is more prevelent.
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  Anonymous's Response
Welcome to HCM,
next vaccination should be taken after 8 weeks apart and at least 2 doses should be taken.It has at best 70% efficacy against prevention of invasive pneumococcal disease
in the high risk population but offers no protection against non-bacteremic pneumonia/otitis media.
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