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Infections such as bacterial meningitis and bacteremia can often be prevented with the vaccine Prevnar 13. It is given as one to four doses, depending on the age when the first dose is given. Although most people tolerate it well, side effects can include redness and swelling at the injection site.
What Is Prevnar 13?Prevnar 13® (pneumococcal conjugate vaccine) is a vaccine approved for use in both children and adults. In children, it is approved to prevent the following infections:
- Invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD), a group of potentially life-threatening diseases caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, such as bacterial meningitis and bacteremia in children who are 6 weeks old up through 17 years of age (before the eighteenth birthday)
- Ear infections caused by certain types of S. pneumoniae pneumoniae in children who are six weeks old up through five years of age (before the sixth birthday).