This is part of the ‘Health Academy Short Course’ series and provides clinicians with specific information related to the Prevenar 13 vaccine.
This course is suitable for all Registered Healthcare Professionals, including Nurses, Pharmacists and GPs that administer this vaccine in practice.
This ‘Short Course’ will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
The course will cover key details of the vaccine and the diseases that it protects against.
What Prevenar 13 is and what it is used for
Prevenar 13 is a pneumococcal vaccine given to:
• children from 6 weeks to 17 years to help protect against diseases such as: meningitis
(inflammation around the brain), sepsis or bacteraemia (bacteria in the blood stream), pneumonia
(lung infection) and ear infections
• adults aged 18 years and older to help prevent disease such as: pneumonia (lung infection),
sepsis or bacteraemia (bacteria in the blood stream) and meningitis (inflammation around the
brain), caused by 13 types of the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae.
Prevenar 13, provides protection against 13 types of Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria, and replaces
Prevenar, which provided protection against 7 types.
The vaccine works by helping the body to make its own antibodies, which protect against these diseases.