Saturday, September 27, 2014

Vaccine FAQs: Which pneumonia vaccine is better in India?

Q: Pneumococcal vaccination is of two types 1. contain 10 virus 2. contain 13 virus and I am from India, so I want to know that whether first or second I have give to my child?

A: It is preferable to give the vaccine with the 13 strains since it covers the 10 bacterial strain + and additional 3 strains.
Of course the 13 strain vaccine (Prevenar) is almost twice as expensive, hence while it is certainly the better vaccine of the two, the 10 strain vaccine (Synflorix) which is almost 80 % as effective gives value for money.

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