Pneumonococcal conjugate vaccine is administered to prevent the pneummonococcal disease. This bacteria also causes ear infections, pneumonia of the lungs, bacteremia of the blood and meningitis of the layers surrounding the brain. This vaccine is thus, important to take up.
The PCV vaccine is inactivated and does not contain any live Pneumonococcal bacteria that can cause the infection.
The dosage of PCV is such: 1. First dose when the child is 2 months old. 2. Second dose when the child is between the months of 5 and 8. 3. Third dose between 9 to 12 months. 4. The last booster dose before the age of 2.
Who is given the PCV vaccine?
The following people are susceptible to Pneumonococcal infections and are required to take up the vaccine: 1.Children below the age of 2 2.Adults above the age of 65 3.Individuals with respiratory ailments
How it works
The vaccine is inactivated and so, does not cause an infection but helps produce immunity in the body against pneumonococcal diseases.
Common side effects
The side effects to The PCV are really mild: 1. Redness and soreness at the site of the shot. 2. A mild fever.