Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Carmen | 2012/02/17




my daughter was given her vaccine (Prevenar 13) 3 weeks ago the clinic went to her school and without my permission gave her PCV 13. after speaking to the nurse where she gets her normal vaccines they had advised that is not necessary to give the PCV 13 as the Prevenar is the same? my question is - is this going to effect my daughter in any way? is this bad for her?
i''m furious with the school for letting this happen but i am just worried that this is going to hurt her in some way? please can someone clarify for me??

Expert's Reply



This is the new Prevenar which now contains 13 strains of the pneumococcus bacteria. The previous Prevenar contained only 7 strains of the pneumococcus. This new Prevenar is much improved and gives young children much greater protection. It is recommended that children who had the old Prevenar now receive a vaccination with Prevenar 13. However,this should not have been given without your permission.

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Posted by: Tasneem | 2012/02/23


I have a daughter who is 4 years old. Her last vaccination was the 18 months old injection and then in 2010 for the 2 measles injections and 2 vitamin A drops. I want to know is it safe for her to get the PCV13 vaccinations?

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Posted by: Purple | 2012/02/17

When our school has the dept of health sending the clinic around, we have to sign permission forms for them to do this.

I know there is a prevenar drive on at the moment, and two years ago there was a measles and vitamin A drive - but we got permission forms. I remember this distinctly as I had done my sons MMR the week before the permission forms came home so I declined the free measles jab.

I am very pro vaccine, but it is unacceptable for a school or a clinic to do this without your permission. It also affects the way your child trusts you - you weren''t able to warn your child that someone was going to jab them with a needle. Also, I always use Emla before jabs (even for my 8 year old) and this didn''t even give you the opportunity to numb the area before the jab.

What a truly horrible experience.

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