PNEUMOVAX 23

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Description

Pneumovax 23  is a vaccine indicated for active immunization for the prevention of pneumococcal disease caused by the 23 serotypes contained in the vaccine (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6B, 7F, 8, 9N, 9V, 10A, 11A,12F, 14, 15B, 17F, 18C, 19F, 19A, 20, 22F, 23F, and 33F). PNEUMOVAX 23 is approved for use in persons 50 years of age or older and persons aged ≥ 2 years who are at increased risk for pneumococcal disease. PNEUMOVAX 23 will not prevent disease caused by capsular types of pneumococcus other than those contained in the vaccine.

Immunization guideline

Single 0.5-mL dose of PNEUMOVAX 23 administered intramuscularly or subcutaneously. PNEUMOVAX 23 is not approved for use in children less than 2 years of age. Children in this age group do not develop an effective immune response to the capsular types contained in this polysaccharide vaccine. The ACIP has recommendations for use of PNEUMOVAX 23 in children 2 years of age or older, who have previously received pneumococcal vaccines, and who are at increased risk for pneumococcal disease.

Additional information

manufacturer

Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp

country-of-manufacture

USA

vaccine-type

Pneumococcal

pharmaceutical-form

Liquid, Ready to Use

package-size

1 Dose, 5 Dose

route-of-administration

Intramuscular, Subcutaneous

preservative

None

Contraindications

Severe allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) to any component of PNEUMOVAX 23. Use caution and appropriate care for individuals with severely compromised cardiovascular and/or pulmonary function in whom a systemic reaction would pose a significant risk.