Side Effects Of PCV (Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine) Vaccine?
Good afternoon, my child aged 16 months, 2 weeks ago has just been treated for broncopneumonia. Now my child is healthy and recovering. I want to ask about the PCV vaccine. What is that for? The thing is my child hasn’t had a PCV vaccine at all. I once asked the doctor in my area, he said if you want the vaccine, his child must be in good health. Is my child obliged for the PCV vaccine and can prevent pneumonia from coming back? Is the vaccine important for my child’s age and what are the side effects after the PCV vaccine?
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PCV (Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine) vaccine is a vaccine that is useful for preventing diseases caused by bacterial infections of Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcal germs). Pneumococcal disease can strike all ages, but the most common occurrence is in children aged less than 5 years and adults aged more than 50 years. PCV vaccine is given 3 times the basic dose and 1 time booster dose. Based on the recommended immunization schedule from the 2017 Indonesian Pediatrician Association (IDAI), PCV vasin is given to children under the age of 1 year, ie at ages 2, 4 and 6 months and booster at the age of 12-15 months. If given to children over the age of 2 years, enough PCV vaccine is given once.
The benefits of PCV vaccine are to prevent pneumococcal disease, which includes pneumonia (lung infection), meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain), and bacteremia (circulation of bacteria in the blood circulation). Pneumonia is the main cause of death in children under five in Indonesia so the administration of PCV vaccine is very important.
PCV vaccine has side effects, but usually is mild and will improve in just a few days, including: pain, redness, and swelling at the injection site, mild fever, and muscle aches. Very rarely the occurrence of serious side effects in the form of severe allergic reactions such as red rash, high fever, and seizures in the administration of the PCV vaccine. Side effects that may occur after the vaccine is usually overcome by administering a fever-reducing drug by a doctor who handles your child's vaccination.
To find out the feasibility of your child's current condition to be given a PCV vaccine, you are advised to consult with a pediatrician. To enrich your horizons, you can read articles about PCV vaccine. Thus information from us. Hopefully always healthy. May be useful.