Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Neiras | 2010-08-12



Dear Dr.
My boy is now17 months old, he got his first shot of prevenar after 1 year and I was adviced by a Nurse that he need to get one more before he turns 2.
This morning at the clinic I was asking another Nurse about it and her words to me was: " after 9 months, prevenar does more damage than good" 
I''m now confused... Could you please advise me on this.
Thank you

Expert's Reply



Prevenar is given at 2, 3 and 4 months and then one injection is given at any time between 12 and 15 months.Your son should still get this last Prevenar injection as he is still under 2 years. The nurse who gave you that information is unaware of the need for and benefits of Prevenar which is a vaccine against the bacteria called pneumococcus. It is given in particular to prevent a serious form of menngitis which mainly affects children under 2 years of age and even some slightly older children.

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