Should I delay pneumococcal conjugate vaccine?

The pneumococcal conjugate vaccine is used in infants and young children to prevent infections by the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae. The vaccine is administered to children from 6 weeks up to a 71 months. After the approval of the first vaccine (PCV7) in 2000, infections and deaths caused by pneumococcus decreased 80 percent. Current vaccination is done with PCV13, but it may be delayed or withheld for a number of different reasons.The most common reason for delay is illness, and the most common reason for withholding the vaccine is allergy.

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