What should be included in patient information about pneumococcal infection?

Updated: Aug 27, 2018
  • Author: Claudia Antonieta Nieves Prado, MD; Chief Editor: John L Brusch, MD, FACP  more...
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All parents should be advised of the recommendations for universal childhood immunization with the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine.

Patients with medical conditions that place them at an increased risk for serious or invasive S pneumoniae disease should be educated about their condition, the potential presenting signs and symptoms of pneumococcal infection, and the need to obtain medical care promptly upon any concern for possible infection. These patients should also be educated about the benefits of the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine and should be encouraged to receive it.


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