Children Pneumonia

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Children Pneumonia

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: 

  1. pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13)
  2. pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23), that are given to babies, depending on several factors that include your child’s age, the health problem, and more. 

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:

  •  Two months (8 weeks)
  •  Four months (16 weeks)
  •  Six months (24 weeks)
  • 12 through 15 months (1 year and above)

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:

  •  Anyone can get pneumonia. However, some people are at a higher risk than others.
  •  A respiratory infection such as a cold or influenza can trigger the onset of the illness.
  •  A weak immune system due to disease or other disorders can worsen the condition.

Side effects

These vaccines may cause mild fever and soreness or redness in the area where the shot was given. Check with your doctor for medication. 

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