Prevnar 13: What’s the Buzz?

February 27, 2015 | Health Advice, Students | By: Jennifer Brull

Have you recently seen information on television or heard from your healthcare provider about Prevnar 13? Post Rock would like to provide more information about why it might be appropriate for you or a loved one.

What is Prevnar 13?
Prevnar 13 is a new vaccine to prevent infection caused by pneumococcal bacteria, which commonly cause pneumonia. Prevnar 13 contains protection against, you guessed it, 13 different strains of these bacteria.

Who should get Prevnar 13?
Children have been receiving Prevnar 13 as part of their routine immunizations for many years. The new recommendation is for adults, who have not previously been given Prevnar 13. All adults aged 65 and older and any adult aged 19 through 64 with certain serious medical conditions should receive a one-time dose of Prevnar 13.

What will Prevnar 13 do for me?
Prevnar 13 protects you against several of the bacterial strains that can lead to severe pneumonia, blood infections, and on rare occasions, meningitis (an infection of the covering of the brain). This infection can be fatal in some cases!

I am over 65 and already received a pneumonia vaccine, why do I need another one?
Pneumovax, the pneumonia vaccine you already received, is similar to Prevnar 13 in that it protects you from the same kind of bacteria but Prevnar 13 covers an additional 13 strains.  Prevnar 13 broadens your body’s protective immunity to the many different strains of these bacteria that can cause severe disease.

Call us to schedule your Prevnar 13 vaccination today!

{Thanks to Gillian Johnston, University of Kansas medical student, for this blog post!}