What is Pneumococcal 13?
Pneumococcal 13 refers to a vaccine that provides protection against the 13 most common strains of the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae.
This bacterium is known to cause pneumococcal infections, including pneumonia, meningitis, and certain types of bloodstream infections.
How to Prevent Pneumococcal 13?
Prevention of Streptococcus Pneumonia includes practicing good hygiene, such as regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, such as regular physical activity, eating healthy and avoiding tobacco smoke.
Is Pneumococcal 13 Vaccine Necessary?
Pneumococcal 13 vaccine provides protection against 13 of the most common strains of the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae, known to cause pneumococcal disease. The vaccine is highly effective in reducing the risk of pneumococcal infections, including pneumonia, meningitis, and bloodstream infections.
Vaccination before traveling may depend on the prevalence of pneumococcal disease at your destination and any specific risk factors associated with your travel plans.
To find out if your destination(s) require the Pneumococcal 13 vaccine, consult a Rockdoc Travel Medicine Professional here.
We have made every effort to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the provided information, however, it is not feasible for us to update daily. Please book a virtual consultation with one of our Travel Medicine Professionals for current, personalized advice and answers to any questions you may have.
Is Pneumococcal 13 Serious Disease?
Symptoms of Streptococcus Pneumonia include:
- Pneumonia: Cough, difficulty breathing, chest pain, rapid breathing, high fever, chills, fatigue, and in severe cases, bluish discolouration of the lips or nails
- Meningitis: Severe headache, high fever, neck stiffness, sensitivity to light, confusion, nausea, vomiting, and in some cases, a rash
- Sinusitis: Facial pain, nasal congestion, thick nasal discharge, headache, cough, and fever
- Otitis media (ear infection): Ear pain, ear drainage, difficulty hearing, and in infants, fussiness and tugging at the ear
- Bacteremia (bloodstream infection): Fever, chills, rapid breathing, rapid heart rate, confusion, dizziness, and in severe cases, a rash or low blood pressure
Not all individuals with Streptococcus pneumoniae infections will experience all of these symptoms.
Available travel vaccinations and medications
We offer the following travel vaccinations and medications:
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