What is the vaccine?
The PCV Vaccine (or Pc vaccine) vaccine protects against Pneumococcus.
When is it administered?
At 2, 4, 6, and 15 months
What is the disease?
Pneumococcus (Pc) is a bacterium and similar to HIB can cause common cold symptoms, coughing, ear pain and even pneumonia and meningitis. It’s transmitted through an infected person’s cough, mucous and saliva.
Is it serious? It can be if the infection spreads to bloodstream which has a 20% fatality rate; while if it manifests as meningitis, it has a 30% fatality rate. IV antibiotics are the course of treatment.
Is it common?
Yes. Pneumococcus is the most common cause of respiratory infections and childhood meningitis. Since the vaccine came out in 2001, we see approximately 8,000 to 12,000 cases of severe Pc each year in young children. However, we also see that since the vaccine, the bacterium has morphed and over 90% of these serious cases contain a strain that was NOT found in the vaccine.
Is the vaccine controversial?
The Pc vaccine does contain 125 micrograms of aluminum. Aluminum in larger doses may cause damage to the human body. Additionally, the vaccine has a higher side effect rate than the HIB and DTaP with 1 in 20,000 children reacting with a seizure.
Mama Natural’s take:
This can be a very serious disease and the Pc germ is definitely out there. If you have a baby in daycare and aren’t breastfeeding, I would strongly encourage you to think about getting this vaccine, even with the high morph rate of this bacteria. Since breastfeeding coats the baby’s nose, throat and digestive tract with antibodies that help protect them from catching germs. It’s not fail proof but it definitely is a strong deterrent. If you do get this vaccine, space it out from the other vaccines that contain aluminum so it isn’t as toxic for baby’s system. We did not give Griffin this vaccine but I would have if our situation was different. This disease is treatable unlike some of the other diseases so at least there is a course of action that is usually effective.
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