FREE ROUTINE VACCINATIONS FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS
Pneumococcal Vaccine: What a Parent Needs to Know
Pneumococcus (pronounced: noo-muh-kaa-kuhs) disease is a bacterial infection that can cause various diseases, depending on the person exposed. The most frequent diseases caused by these bacteria are otitis media (ear infections) in young children and pneumonia in elderly populations.
What Can You Expect After Your Child is Enrolled?
• This research study includes office visits for your child, with a telephone call between visits. Most of the office visits happen at the same time as the usual “well-child” visits that all children should have for checkups and vaccinations.
•You will need to keep the scheduled appointments, answer questions about your child’s health, and follow the directions of the study staff
• At your first visit, the doctor or nurse will explain the research study to you and answer all of your questions. If you choose to have your child participate, you will be asked to sign a consent form and your child will be vaccinated. Also, a small amount of blood (a little more than half of a teaspoon) will be drawn at this time. You will complete an electronic diary right from your own smartphone, and you will receive a phone call from the study nurse or investigator to check on the health of your child.
• The other office visits are very much like the first visit. Your child will have a regular checkup and be vaccinated. Blood may be drawn at other visits.