What is Prevenar 13®?
Prevenar 13 is a vaccine for babies and young children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age. It helps cover (or immunise) these children against pneumococcal disease.
The number 13 means that it helps protect against 13 strains of the pneumococcal bug that can cause serious infections. (Technically speaking, it’s called a 13-valent vaccine.)
This is the broadest coverage you can get for your baby against pneumococcal disease.
Prevenar 13 is not funded by the Ministry of Health as part of the NZ Immunisation Schedule. A different vaccine is funded. Prevenar 13 is only fully funded for high risk children. If you think your child may be high risk, talk to your doctor about whether Prevenar 13 is funded for your child.
HOW MUCH DOES PREVENAR 13® COST?
A pneumococcal vaccination is recommended for children at 6 weeks, 3 months, 5 months and 15 months. So that’s four doses before the age of two.
Each dose of Prevenar 13 will cost around $190 (there may be additional charges from your doctor’s surgery).
PREVENAR 13® SAFETY INFORMATION
In clinical studies, Prevenar 13 had a safety profile that was similar to Prevenar®*.
Common side effects of the vaccination may include: injection site reactions including redness, pain, tenderness, swelling or hard lumps or scars near injection site; fever, loss of appetite, sleepiness, restless sleep, irritability, vomiting, diarrhoea, rash.
Other more serious side effects may occur: allergic reaction, seizure or convulsion, rapid, shallow breathing, temperature higher than 39°C, temporary interruptions of breathing.
Please note: these are not all the side effects that have been reported with Prevenar 13. For full information please read the Consumer Medicine Information available at www.medsafe.govt.nz
Talk to your doctor to see if Prevenar 13 is right for your child.
* Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, 7-valent.