Trumbull Health Department offers Prevnar 13
The Trumbull Health Department is now offering Prevnar 13 (Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine or PCV13) to all adults 65 years of age and older and to adults 19 years and older who have certain medical conditions. Prevnar 13 protects against 13 types of pneumococcal bacteria and complements the other pneumococcal vaccine, Pneumovax (PPSV 23), which the Trumbull Health Department also has available. Together, these vaccines help protect against a serious and sometimes life threatening condition known as pneumococcal disease.
Pneumococcal disease is caused by bacteria that can spread from person to person through close contact and can cause pneumonia, meningitis, or bloodstream infection. Among those who get pneumococcal disease, those age 65 and older and adults with underlying medical conditions are at higher risk of death. Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect against this serious infection.
Health officials recently updated pneumococcal vaccine recommendations so that even people who have been vaccinated before with Pneumovax are urged to receive the additional vaccine for maximum protection.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all adults 65 years of age receive Prevnar 13 and Pneumovax, and that adults 60 years of age receive Zostavax (to prevent shingles). The Trumbull Health Department now offers all three of these important vaccines.
Tdap & Dtap (tetanus, diphtheria vaccine with the whooping cough component), Varicella (chickenpox), Menactra (meningitis), polio, MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella), and Flu vaccine are also available at the Trumbull Health Department. Some age and insurance considerations may apply.