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Posted on: Sunday, January 14, 2001

Vaccine with unwieldy name recommended for infants

By Catherine E. Toth
Advertiser Staff Writer

Although this vaccine has a long, confusing name, parents will want to remember it: Heptavalent conjugated pneumococcal vaccine.

It’s the latest vaccine recommended by national organizations to be added to this year’s 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 children’s 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.

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