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Healthcare providers recommend that babies get the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, which is approved to prevent invasive pneumococcal disease and ear infections. The vaccination usually comes in a series of four shots, given several months apart starting in infancy. The product was specifically developed to allow the young immune systems of infants and toddlers to respond to the vaccine. This product is also approved for older adults in certain cases.
What Is the Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine?
- Invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) -- a group of potentially life-threatening diseases caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, such as bacterial meningitis, bacteremia, and pneumonia, in children who are 6 weeks old up through 17 years of age (before the eighteenth birthday)
- Ear infections caused by certain strains of S. pneumoniae in children who are six weeks old up through five years of age (before the sixth birthday).