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Immunization Schedule, Children (cont.)

Pneumococcal-7 Vaccine

This vaccine will help prevent diseases caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae, also called pneumococcal disease. This vaccine differs from the pneumococcal-23 vaccine that is typically given to adults.

Meningitis, blood infections, and pneumonia are some serious examples of this infection. Likewise, these diseases are some of the most invasive (aggressive and spreads throughout the body) infections in children.

  • The pneumococcal-7 vaccine is recommended for all children 2-23 months of age and also for certain children 24-59 months of age who are at high risk (for example, those with sickle cell anemia, AIDS, or chronic disease, or who have had their spleen removed). The vaccine is to be given together with the other routine shots at ages 2, 4, 6, and 12-15 months. The number of doses depends upon the age at which the first dose is given.
  • More information is available from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Hepatitis A Vaccine

Hepatitis A is a serious liver disease caused by a virus, which is found in the stool of people with the disease. It is usually spread by close personal contact and sometimes by eating food or drinking water containing the virus.

  • All children aged 12-23 months should receive two doses given at least six months apart.
  • Anyone who lives in communities that have prolonged outbreaks of hepatitis A or is traveling to a high-risk geographic location should receive two doses of the vaccine at least six months apart.
  • Two doses of the vaccine are given at least six months apart for lasting protection.
  • Specific information regarding high-risk geographic locations is available from local and state health departments.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/6/2014
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