Monday, September 27, 2010

Prevention of Streptococcus pneumoniae Infections in Infants and Children

The other night, my wife and I were talking about the "Policy Statement—Recommendations for the Prevention of Streptococcus pneumoniae Infections in Infants and Children: Use of 13-Valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV13) and Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine (PPSV23)." This was published earlier this year (May 24, 2010) by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

I don't think many health care professional realize that the updated recommendations call for a supplemental dose of PCV13 for children ages 14 to 59 months who have already received a complete PCV7 vaccination. That's right. Even if those children have received a complete PCV7 vaccination, they qualify for a supplemental dose of the newer PCV13. It's time to take some of our kids back to the doctor so that they can get this supplemental dose. I'm sure they're going to love us for that. Maybe we'll have to give them some ice cream for being a good sport and enduring yet another shot at the doctor's office.

Committee on Infectious Diseases "Policy statement -- recommendations for the prevention of Streptococcus pneumoniae infections in infants and children: use of 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) and pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23)" Pediatrics 2010; DOI: 10.1542/peds.2010-1280.

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