The pneumococcal shot (Pneu-C-13) protects against a type of bacteria that causes pneumonia, meningitis, blood infections (sepsis), and ear infections.
All children need three or four doses. Talk with your doctor or public health nurse about when your child needs the shots. If your child does not get the shots at the recommended times, ask about a schedule for catch-up shots.
The shot may cause pain or swelling in the area where the shot is given. It may cause your child to feel sleepy or not feel like eating or cause a fever. These reactions may last 1 to 2 days.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of:
August 2, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
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