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Pneumovax and Breastfeeding

It is generally considered safe for breastfeeding women to receive Pneumovax (pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine). However, the Centers for Disease Control does not recommend routine use of this vaccine in most healthy people under the age of 65 (with a few exceptions). Talk to your healthcare provider about the best choice for your specific situation.

Can I Get Pneumovax While Breastfeeding?

Pneumovax® (pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine) is a vaccine approved to prevent serious pneumococcal disease, such as pneumonia or meningitis. It can be used in children age two and older, as well as adults. At this time, most sources agree that breastfeeding women can safely receive most vaccines, including Pneumovax.
Although this vaccine is approved for use in adults, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) does not recommend routine use of Pneumovax in most healthy young adults (under the age of 65), except in certain circumstances (see Pneumovax Uses for more information about who should receive this vaccine).

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider about getting Pneumovax if you are breastfeeding. Each woman's situation is different, and you and your healthcare provider understand your situation best. After considering what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, the two of you can make a shared decision that is right for you.
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