Pneumococcal vaccine for babies

The vaccine is given to babies at two and four months of age with a booster dose given between 12 and 13 months. The vaccine can be given at any time and one injection provides years of protection. 

Some children are at an increased risk from pneumococcal infeciton. All at risk children should be offered the vaccine according to the routine childhood immunisation programme. Additionally, at risk children should be offered the vaccine when they are aged two years or over. If you are not sure about your child's health or need further advice, speak to your doctor, health visitor, practice nurse or pharmacist.

 

Won’t giving my baby MMR and PCV at the same time overload their immune system?

No. From birth, babies’ immune systems protect them from the germs that surround them. Without this protection, babies would not be able to cope with the tens of thousands of bacteria and viruses that cover our skin, nose, throat and intestines at all times. This protection carries on throughout life. In theory, a baby could respond effectively to around 10,000 vaccines at any time. The baby’s immune system can and does easily cope with the MMR and pneumococcal vaccines at the same time.

 

Are there any possible side effects?

Any reactions are generally minor and disappear within a few days. The vaccine does not contain live bacteria and cannot cause an infection.

 

Where can I get more information?

You can also talk to your practice nurse or GP, or call the NHS inform helpline on 0800 2244 88 (textphone 18001 0800 22 44 88). The helpline is open every day and also provides an interpreting service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last reviewed on 08 September 2017

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