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Pneumococcal 7-valent conjugate vaccine

Generic Name: pneumococcal 7-valent conjugate vaccine (NEU-mo-KOK-al)
Brand Name: Prevnar

Pneumococcal 7-valent conjugate vaccine is used for:

Preventing certain infections caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae.

Pneumococcal 7-valent conjugate vaccine is a vaccine. It works by stimulating the body to make antibodies to S. pneumoniae bacteria.

Do NOT use pneumococcal 7-valent conjugate vaccine if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in pneumococcal 7-valent conjugate vaccine, including 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 7-valent conjugate vaccine:

Some medical conditions may interact with pneumococcal 7-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
  • if you have a blood disorder or are receiving blood thinners
  • if you are allergic to latex or dry natural rubber
  • if you have an impaired immune system
  • if you have a fever or a history of seizures

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with pneumococcal 7-valent conjugate vaccine. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Medicines that decrease the immune response, such as corticosteroids (eg, hydrocortisone) or cancer medicines, because the effectiveness of pneumococcal 7-valent conjugate vaccine may be decreased
  • Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) because side effects, such as bleeding at the injection site, may be increased

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if pneumococcal 7-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 7-valent conjugate vaccine:

Use pneumococcal 7-valent conjugate vaccine as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Pneumococcal 7-valent conjugate vaccine is usually administered as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. If you are using pneumococcal 7-valent conjugate vaccine at home, carefully follow the injection procedures taught to you by your health care provider.
  • Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Dispose of properly after use. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain local regulations for proper disposal.
  • If you miss a dose of pneumococcal 7-valent conjugate vaccine, contact your doctor right away.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use pneumococcal 7-valent conjugate vaccine.

Important safety information:

  • Before you are given pneumococcal 7-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 7-valent conjugate vaccine.
  • It is important that you complete the vaccination series. Pneumococcal 7-valent conjugate vaccine is not a substitute for routine diphtheria immunization.
  • Pneumococcal 7-valent conjugate vaccine may not protect all individuals from invasive pneumonia. It will not protect against pneumonia or other infections caused by organisms not related to those in this vaccine.
  • Pneumococcal 7-valent conjugate vaccine is not recommended for use in the ELDERLY or other adults and should not be used as a substitute for the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine for elderly patients.
  • Pneumococcal 7-valent conjugate vaccine is for use in infants and toddlers. Safety and effectiveness of pneumococcal 7-valent conjugate vaccine in premature infants, infants younger than 6 weeks old, or CHILDREN 10 years of age or older has not been determined.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is unknown if pneumococcal 7-valent conjugate vaccine can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant while taking pneumococcal 7-valent conjugate vaccine, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using pneumococcal 7-valent conjugate vaccine during pregnancy. It is unknown if pneumococcal 7-valent conjugate vaccine is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using pneumococcal 7-valent conjugate vaccine, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of pneumococcal 7-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; diarrhea; fever; redness, soreness, a lump, pain, or tenderness at the injection site.

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

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).

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 7-valent conjugate vaccine:

Store pneumococcal 7-valent conjugate vaccine in the refrigerator, between 36 and 46 degrees F (2 and 8 degrees C). Do not freeze. Keep pneumococcal 7-valent conjugate vaccine out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about pneumococcal 7-valent conjugate vaccine, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Pneumococcal 7-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 7-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 7-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 7-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 7-valent conjugate vaccine.

Issue Date: November 5, 2014
Database Edition 14.4.1.002
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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