Pneumococcal 13-valent vaccine, diphtheria conjugate (Injection)


Pneumococcal 13-Valent Vaccine, Diphtheria Conjugate (NOO-moe-KOK-al 13-VAY-lent VAX-een, dif-THEER-ee-a KON-joo-gate)
Given to babies and young children 6 weeks to 5 years of age (before the 6th birthday) to prevent infections such as pneumonia, meningitis, or ear infections.

Brand Name(s)

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

Prevnar 13

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

This vaccine should not be given to a child who has had an allergic reaction to pneumococcal or diphtheria vaccines.

How to Use This Medicine

  • Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given as a shot into one of your muscles. This vaccine is usually given in the thigh or upper arm.
  • A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.
  • This vaccine is usually given as 4 separate shots over several months. Your child's doctor will tell you the correct number of shots that are needed and the schedule to be followed for the vaccine.
If a dose is missed:
  • It is very important for your child to receive all of the shots for the vaccine.
  • The vaccine needs to be given on a fixed schedule. Try to keep all of the scheduled appointments. If your child misses a dose, call your child's doctor for another appointment.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
  • Make sure the doctor knows if your child is receiving a treatment or using a medicine that causes a weak immune system. This may include radiation therapy, steroid medicines (such as cortisone, dexamethasone, prednisone, or Medrol®), or cancer medicines.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Make sure the doctor knows if your child has an illness with a fever or if your child has a weak immune system.
  • This vaccine may cause a serious type of allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis can be life-threatening and requires immediate medical attention. Tell your doctor right away if your child has a rash, itching, swelling of the tongue and throat, or trouble breathing after receiving the vaccine.
  • Patients who have problems with their immune system (such as those who are using a steroid medicine like prednisone, receiving chemotherapy for cancer, or who have HIV infection or AIDS) may not be fully protected by this vaccine. Because there may be some benefit, your child's doctor may still want to give the vaccine.
  • Tell your child's doctor right away if you notice any unwanted effects after receiving the vaccine.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing.
  • Blistering, peeling, or red skin rash.
  • Bluish lips or skin, or very slow breathing.
  • Fever.
  • Seizures.
  • Shortness of breath, trouble with breathing, or wheezing.
  • Swelling in the face, throat, or lips.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Crying, irritability, or fussiness.
  • Decreased appetite.
  • Decreased sleep.
  • Diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, or stomach pain.
  • Pain, itching, burning, redness, swelling, or a lump under the skin where the shot was given.
  • Skin rash.

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
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