Is Pneumococcal Vaccine Safe for Children?

Q: My son is only 6 years old. Can he take a pneumococcal vaccine to against pneumonia?

A: In the past, young kids may suffer from the side effects of vaccines, but now the new pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine is safe for kids.

Children under 2 months of age are too young for the vaccine — but not too young to get very sick from pneumococcal infection. Your son is 6 years old already, so you’d better have him take it. If you are still worried, you can ask a doctor for advice.


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