Pneumonia is an infection of the lung that is caused by either fungus, bacteria or viruses. While pneumonia can be treated at home for most babies and clears up within two to three weeks, it can get worse in infants, causing them to become very ill. Therefore, to prevent the onset of the disease, pneumonia vaccines are recommended for babies.
At Apollo Clinic, we understand the uncertainty of illness and the importance of immunisations. Therefore, we are committed to supporting you and making sure that your child is given the best medical treatment for all the health problems.
What is a Pneumonia Vaccine and How Does It Help?
A pneumonia vaccination also known as the pneumococcal vaccine is one that protects your baby against the severe and potentially fatal pneumococcal infections.
There are two types of vaccines:
However, the PCV13 is one that is commonly given to infants and young children.
Who Should Get the Pneumonia Vaccine and When?
The pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) is one that is commonly recommended for infants as a series of four doses, one dose each at the following stages in your child’s life:
Besides, the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23) is recommended for babies above two years of age who have long-term health conditions such as heart or kidney conditions, HIV infection or AIDS, leukaemia, nephrotic syndrome, or more.
Additional Points to Remember:
These vaccines may cause mild fever and soreness or redness in the area where the shot was given. Check with your doctor for medication.