Pneumonia Vaccine Dosage

Prevnar 13 Dosing Schedule

The standard dose of Prevnar 13 is 0.5 mL injected intramuscularly (into a muscle). For infants, the thigh is usually chosen, while the upper arm is generally preferred for toddlers or older children. The ideal vaccination schedule for Prevnar 13 is as follows:
 
  • First dose -- 2 months old
  • Second dose -- 4 months old
  • Third dose -- 6 months old
  • Fourth dose -- 12 to 15 months old.
     
The first injection can be given as early as six weeks of age, and there should be at least four to eight weeks in between the doses. The fourth dosage should be given at least two months after the third one.
 
Prevnar 13 is also approved for adults age 50 and older. In this age group, the standard dosage is 0.5 mL injected intramuscularly one time.
 
(Click Prevnar 13 Dosage for more information, including recommendations for delayed or "catch-up" vaccination schedules.)
 

General Information on Your Pneumonia Vaccine Dose

Some considerations to keep in mind when receiving the pneumonia vaccine include the following:
 
  • Pneumovax is typically given as a single injection. In some high-risk individuals, a second shot may be recommended, five years after the first.
     
  • Prevnar 13 is given as one to four doses, depending on the age when the first one is given (the older the child, the fewer doses that are given).
     
  • Pneumovax is injected either into a muscle (intramuscularly) or just under the skin (subcutaneously), usually in the upper arm. Prevnar 13 is given intramuscularly in the thigh or upper arm.
     
  • People can be vaccinated if they have a minor illness, such as the common cold. However, the pneumonia vaccine should be postponed if the individual is moderately or severely ill.
     
  • If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage or pneumonia vaccine dosing in general, please talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
     
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