Prevenar® 13 (Pneumococcal 13-valent Conjugate Vaccine, PCV)

Prevenar® 13 (Pneumococcal 13-valent Conjugate Vaccine, PCV)

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Why to get 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine?

Pneumococcal infection represents a wide range of diseases caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae (or more commonly referred as pneumococcus). While pneumococcus is a common cause of mild illnesses such as sinus or middle ear infections, it may also cause severe or even life-threatening invasive pneumococcal diseases (IPD) such as bacteremic pneumonia, sepsis, and meningitis.

Pneumococcal vaccination is one of the most effective means of preventing pneumococcal diseases. 13-Valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV13) is effective against both invasive pneumococcal disease and non-invasive pneumococcal pneumonia.

Who should get 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine?

The Scientific Committee on Vaccine Preventable Diseases (SCVPD) recommends

  • children under 2 years of age to receive pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCV) under the Hong Kong Childhood Immunisation Programme (HKCIP). The standard regimen includes a primary series of 2 doses at 2 and 4 months and a booster dose at 12 months.
  • high-risk individuals* aged 2 years or above to receive a single dose of 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13), followed by a single dose of 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (23vPPV) 1 year later. For those who have already received 23vPPV, a single dose of PCV13 should be administered 1 year after previous 23vPPV vaccination. For those who have already received PCV13, a single dose of 23vPPV should be administered 1 year after previous PCV13.
  • for elderly 65 years of age and older without high-risk conditions*, either a single dose of PCV13 or a single dose of 23vPPV is recommended.

*High-risk conditions include:

  • The elderly
  • Newborn baby and children
  • History of invasive pneumococcal disease;
  • Immunocompromised states: Asplenia, HIV /AIDS , primary immunodeficiency; Immunodeficiencies related to malignancies and transplantation; Immunodeficiencies related to use of immunosuppressive drugs / systemic steroid
  • Chronic disease: Chronic cardiac, pulmonary, liver or renal disease; Diabetes mellitus or Cerebrospinal fluid leakage
  • With cochlear implants

(Essential hypertension per se is not considered as a high-risk condition)

Different factors such as age and clinical condition may affect the risk of pneumococcal disease. Patients with high-risk conditions should discuss with their attending doctors on the most appropriate vaccination regimen.

What are the side effects?

  • Most people have no serious reactions after receiving PCV.
  • Occasionally there may be mild fever (usually occur within 3 days after vaccination) or slight redness or swelling around the injection site, but these will gradually subside in a few days. If fever or discomforts persist, or abnormal breathing is observed, please consult a doctor immediately.

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Hospital/Clinic Info

A team of specialists, led by a female surgeon. Aceso team is dedicated to providing professional medical advice and comprehensive medical services to the public. In addition to providing specialized medical services, the center also provides services such as physical examinations, vaccination, blood tests, and medical cosmetology.

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