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Pneumococcal Vaccine for Children
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
The pneumococcal vaccine is an injection given to protect your child from pneumococcal disease. Pneumococcal disease develops from an infection caused by pneumococcal bacteria. The infection may cause pneumonia or an ear infection. Pneumococcal disease is spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing. The vaccine comes in 2 forms, called pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) and pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV). Your child's healthcare provider will tell you which form is right for your child.
Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:
- Your child's mouth and throat are swollen.
- Your child is wheezing or has trouble breathing.
- Your child has chest pain or says his or her heart is beating fast.
- Your child faints.
Seek care immediately if:
- Your child's face is red or swollen.
- Your child has hives that spread over his or her body.
- Your child says he or she feels weak or dizzy.
Call your child's doctor if:
- Your child has increased pain, redness, or swelling around the area where the shot was given.
- You have questions or concerns about the pneumococcal vaccine.
Apply a warm compress
to the injection area as directed to decrease pain and swelling.
Follow up with your child's doctor as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your child's visits.
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