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Related to pneumococcal vaccine: Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine
vaccine composed of purified capsular polysaccharide antigen from 23 types of Streptococcus pneumoniae (representing those types responsible for most of the reported pneumococcal diseases in the U.S.); some types have been conjugated with protein to make them antigenic for children younger than 2 years of age.
an active immunizing agent containing antigens of the 23 types of Pneumococcus associated with more than 98% of the cases of pneumococcal pneumonia in the United States and Europe.
indications It is prescribed for persons over 2 years of age who are at high risk of development of severe pneumococcal pneumonia, all adults over 65 years of age, and immunocompromised adults.
contraindications Pregnancy, early childhood (less than 2 years of age), or known hypersensitivity to the vaccine prohibits its use.
adverse effects Among the more serious adverse effects are inflammation at the site of injection, fever, and hypersensitivity.