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Pneumovax Uses

Pneumovax is licensed to prevent pneumonia, bacterial meningitis, and other types of pneumococcal disease. It is typically recommended for use in people over the age of 65, but can also be given to younger people in certain high-risk categories, such as people with cirrhosis or other long-term health problems. Off-label uses of Pneumovax include giving the vaccine to children under the age of two.

What Is Pneumovax Used For?

Pneumovax® (pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine) is a vaccine approved to provide protection against pneumococcal disease in people age two and older. Types of pneumococcal disease include:
Pneumococcal disease can be quite serious. Even when treated appropriately with antibiotics and intensive medical care, about 15 to 20 percent of adults who get pneumococcal disease will die. People in high-risk categories are at an even higher risk of death. This is why it is so important to prevent pneumococcal disease.
Pneumovax is used in individuals two years of age and older. However, routine use of this vaccine is recommended only for individuals over the age of 65. For younger people, this vaccine is recommended only for people in high-risk categories, such as:
  • Adults with asthma
  • Adults who smoke
  • Individuals age 2 through 64 years who have weakened immune systems due to various diseases or certain medications
  • Individuals age 2 through 64 years who have long-term health problems, including (but not limited to):
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Pneumovax Vaccine Information

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