Pneumococcal disease is a bacterial infection. It can cause a range of illnesses, including pneumonia, meningitis (inflammation of membrane surrounding brain and spinal cord), sinusitis (sinus infections), otitis media (middle ear infection) and sepsis (blood infection). Pneumococcal infections can affect people of all ages, but they are more common and potentially more severe in young children, older adults, and individuals with weakened immune systems.
Vaccination is the best way to prevent Pneumococcal disease.
* PCV13 = Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (13-valent)
* PCV13PPSV23 = Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine (23-valent)
The schedule for healthy children typically involves a primary series of three doses of PCV (Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine), given at 6, 10 and 14 weeks, followed by a booster dose at 15 to 18 months of age to enhance the immune response.
For vaccination schedule of children with chronic health conditions or at higher risk of pneumococcal disease, please contact your doctor or a Vaccine expert.
* Note: High risk conditions for Pneumococcal disease include:
It’s never too late to get vaccinated. Opt for Catch-up Vaccination!
Children and adolescents who have missed taking the vaccine as per the recommended schedule can still take the vaccination. The number of doses recommended and the intervals between these doses will depend on the child’s age when vaccination begins. For more information on catch-up vaccination for pneumococcal disease please contact your doctor or a Vaccine expert.
The cost of pneumococcal vaccination depends on factors such as the type of vaccine, brand, manufacturer, applicable taxes and the vaccination service provider. Generally, the cost of one dose of pneumococcal vaccination ranges between Rs 2200 to Rs 4000. It's best to check with your vaccination provider to get an accurate and updated estimate of the cost.
Vaccination at home offers a convenient, accessible and safe way to protect you and your family from pneumococcal infection. It allows individuals to receive the vaccine in a familiar environment, reducing potential anxiety or discomfort associated with visiting a clinic. Home vaccination not only saves time and effort, it also minimizes exposure to potential infections in crowded healthcare settings. INVC vaccine experts can help you with availability and scheduling of pneumococcal vaccine at home in India.
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