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Prevnar 13 Dosage

Delayed Dosing Schedule

Children vaccinated as infants will be protected when they are at the highest risk for serious illness from pneumococcal disease. However, some parents prefer to delay vaccinations. The officially recommended delayed vaccination schedule for Prevnar 13 depends on the age of the child at the first injection.
 
For infants who are 7 to 11 months of age at the first vaccination, three doses are given at least four weeks apart. The third dosage should be given after the first birthday and at least two months after the second dose.
 
For children who are 12 to 23 months of age at the first vaccination, two doses are given at least two months apart.
 
For children who are 24 months through 17 years of age (up until the eighteenth birthday), a single dosage is given.
 

General Information on Receiving Prevnar 13

Some considerations to keep in mind with Prevnar 13 include the following:
 
  • This vaccine is given as one to four doses, depending on the age when the first injection is given (the older the child, the fewer doses that are given). Ideally, the series is started at 2 months of age and is finished by the time the child is 12 to 15 months of age (and all four doses are given), as this produces the best immune response.
     
  • This vaccine is injected into a muscle, usually in the thigh (for younger children) or upper arm (for older children).
     
  • The healthcare provider should shake the vial well before using Prevnar 13 and should not combine it with any other vaccines in the same syringe.
     
  • People can be vaccinated if they have a minor illness, such as the common cold. However, the vaccine should be postponed if the person is moderately or severely ill.
     
  • If you are unsure about anything related to Prevnar 13 dosing, please talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
     
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