Although this vaccine has a long, confusing name, parents will want to remember it: Heptavalent conjugated pneumococcal vaccine.
Its the latest vaccine recommended by national organizations to be added to this years childhood immunization schedule.
PCV-7 (also known as Prevnar), which has been available to Island families for about a year, has been recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and other physician groups.
They recommend it for all children 2 months to 23 months old, scheduled concurrently with other recommended childrens vaccines at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, and 12 to 15 months.
Vaccines for Children, a federally supported program offered by the state Department of Health to underinsured and uninsured children, will cover the cost of the vaccine, as will most medical plans.
For more information, call 586-8332. Neighbor Island residents may call 1-800-933-4832.