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Pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine

Generic Name: pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine (NEU-mo-KOK-al)
Brand Name: Prevnar 13

Pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine is used for:

Preventing certain infections (eg, pneumonia) caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae.

Pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine is a vaccine. It works by stimulating the body to make antibodies to S. pneumoniae bacteria.

Do NOT use pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine or in the pneumococcal 7-valent vaccine, or to any vaccine that contains diphtheria toxoid

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine:

Some medical conditions may interact with pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances (including rubber)
  • if you have a fever or a history of seizures, spleen problems, sickle cell disease, stem cell transplant, or certain kidney problems (nephrotic syndrome)
  • if you have bleeding or blood clotting problems, or you have low blood platelet levels
  • if you have a weakened immune system, including if you have cancer or HIV infection, or if you are taking medicines or treatments (eg, chemotherapy, radiation therapy) that may weaken the immune response
  • if the patient is a child who was born prematurely

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) because the risk of side effects, such as bleeding at the injection site, may be increased
  • Medicines that decrease the immune response, such as corticosteroids (eg, prednisone) or cancer medicines, because they may decrease pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine's effectiveness

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine:

Use pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine is given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic.
  • Do not use pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine if it contains particles, is cloudy or discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged.
  • Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Ask your health care provider how to dispose of these materials after use. Follow all local rules for disposal.
  • If you miss a dose of pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine, contact your doctor right away.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine.

Important safety information:

  • Before you are given pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine, a health care provider should inform you of the benefits and risks. Vaccine information statements should be provided to you before each vaccination.
  • Make sure your health care provider has a complete record of your vaccinations and is aware of your current health status. Be sure that your medical record shows that you have received pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine.
  • It is important that you complete the vaccination series. Pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine is not a substitute for routine diphtheria immunization.
  • Pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine may not protect everyone who receives it. It will not protect against pneumonia or other infections (including ear infections) caused by organisms not covered by this vaccine.
  • Pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine is not approved for use in adults younger than 50 years old.
  • Pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine should be used with extreme caution in PREMATURE INFANTS, INFANTS younger than 6 weeks old, or CHILDREN 6 years old or older; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while taking pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine while you are pregnant. It is not known if pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Decreased appetite; headache; irritability; mild fever; mild pain, redness, swelling, or tenderness at the injection site; muscle or joint pain; sleep changes; tiredness.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue; unusual hoarseness); fever, chills, or persistent cough or sore throat; seizures; severe or persistent diarrhea or vomiting; shortness of breath; stomach pain or cramps; wheezing.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine:

Pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine at home, store pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Keep pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine.

Issue Date: April 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.2.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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