The Pneumococcal Vaccine: Health 101

What's the recommended pneumococcal vaccine schedule?

The pneumococcal vaccine schedule includes shots given at 2, 4, 6, and between 12 and 15 months of age. The pneumococcal vaccine is safe to be given along with other vaccines.

Children who didn't receive the vaccine before age 2 can still be vaccinated. And children between 2 and 5 who have not already gotten vaccinated and fall into the following high-risk groups should definitely receive it:

  • Children who attend daycare. (They're two to three times more likely to experience a serious infection than children who don't attend daycare.)
  • Children who have chronic health problems like heart disease, diabetes, and sickle cell disease.
  • Children who have HIV/AIDS or other diseases that suppress the immune system.
  • Children who are of Alaskan Native, American Indian, or African American descent.

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