Can pneumonia be prevented in children?

There are 2 vaccines to help prevent certain types of pneumonia:

  • The pneumoncoccal conjugate vaccine (PCV7) is for babies and children less than 2 years of age. It is one of the shots babies get during their regular checkups.
  • The pneumococcal vaccine (PPV) is for anyone older than 2 years of age. This vaccine may be given to certain high-risk children.

Talk with your child’s doctor about whether or not the pneumonia vaccine is right for your child.

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