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Prevnar is a vaccine used for preventing invasive pneumococcal disease and certain types of ear infections. It is designed for infants and toddlers but can also be used in older children who did not receive the vaccine earlier. The vaccine is given as one to four doses, depending on the age of the first vaccination (the older the child, the fewer doses that are given).
What Is Prevnar?
- Invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) -- a group of potentially life-threatening diseases caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, such as bacterial meningitis and bacteremia
- Ear infections caused by certain strains of S. pneumoniae.