Prevnar 20 Vaccine - pneumococcal pneumonia
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Prevnar 20 Vaccine
Prevnar 20 won’t give you pneumococcal pneumonia because Prevnar 20 does not contain live bacteria.
There are two types of pneumococcal vaccines—polysaccharides and conjugates. Prevnar 20 is a conjugate vaccine. Conjugate vaccines work by combining proteins with small pieces of inactive pneumococcal bacteria to help activate the immune system. Your body is able to recognize the bacteria without getting you sick. This process helps your immune system make antibodies that can help protect you from 20 strains of the bacteria that cause pneumococcal pneumonia.
Prevnar 20 helps protect against more strains of the bacteria that cause pneumococcal pneumonia than any other pneumococcal conjugate vaccine.
Is Prevnar 20 right for me?
If you’re 65 or older, or 19 or older with certain chronic conditions, you may be at greater risk for pneumococcal pneumonia—even if you feel healthy. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist to better understand your risk and if Prevnar 20 is right for you.
Prevnar 20 was studied in adults with chronic conditions including diabetes, kidney disorders, lung disease, liver disease, and heart disease.
Even if you’ve already been vaccinated with another pneumonia vaccine, ask your doctor if Prevnar 20 could help provide additional protection.
Prevnar 20 is a one-time dose, so you don’t have to get it every year.