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PNEUMOVAX 23
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Drug Name:

PNEUMOVAX 23 Rx

Generic Name and Formulations:
Pneumococcal vaccine 25mcg; each of 23 polysaccharide isolates; inj; contains phenol.

Company:
Merck & Co., Inc.

Therapeutic Use:

Indications for PNEUMOVAX 23:

Immunization against pneumococcal disease caused by approximately 85–90% of common U.S. isolates.

Adults and Children:

<2yrs: not recommended. ≥2yrs: 0.5mL IM or SC once in deltoid muscle or lateral mid-thigh.

Contraindications:

Not for routine revaccination after previous pneumococcal vaccination in immunocompetent patients. Within 14 days of immunosuppressive therapy.

Warnings/Precautions:

Severe cardiac or pulmonary disease where a systemic reaction would pose a significant risk. May defer in acute febrile respiratory illness or other active infection. Do not discontinue antipneumococcal prophylactic antibiotic therapy. Have epinephrine inj (1:1000) available. Pregnancy (Cat.C). Nursing mothers.

Adverse Reactions:

Inj site reactions, low grade fever.

How Supplied:

Multidose vials—1,10; Single-dose vials—10

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