Vaccine Info

Pneumovax 23 Pneumococcal Vaccine

Description

Pneumovax 23 vaccine contains 23 serotypes (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6B, 7F, 8, 9N, 9V, 10A, 11A, 12F, 14, 15B, 17F, 18C, 19F, 19A, 20, 22F, 23F, and 33F).

Indication

Pneumovax 23 is a vaccine that can help protect against infection by 23 types of pneumococcal bacteria, which are common and often cause serious illnesses.

The pneumococcal disease includes pneumococcal infections of the lung, blood, and coverings of the brain and spinal cord.

Pneumovax 23 is for people 50 years of age and older. 

Dosage

Pneumovax 23 is administered as an intramuscular or subcutaneous injection only

Pneumovax 23 is for people 50 years of age and older and is approved for persons aged ≥2 years who are at increased risk for pneumococcal disease.

And if you are 65 years or older, even if you already had a dose of another vaccine before 65 for pneumococcal pneumonia, the CDC recommends you get Pneumovax 23.

Additionally, the CDC recommends Pneumovax 23 for people who have certain chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, or COPD and who are 19 to 64 years old.

 

Updated
August 27th, 2019