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2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Intervals between PCV13 and PPSV23 vaccines: recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2015;64(34):944–947. (Erratum Notice: CDC. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2015;64(42):1204.)
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4. Prevnar 13 [package insert]. Philadelphia, PA: Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc; 2017.
5. Data available on request from Merck, Professional Services-DAP, WP1-27, PO Box 4, West Point, PA 19486-0004. Please specify information package VACC-1222858-0000.
6. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Use of 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine and 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine for adults with immunocompromising conditions: recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2012;61(40):816–819.
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11. Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease. Global strategy for the diagnosis, management, and prevention of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Updated 2017. http://goldcopd.org/gold-2017-global-strategy-diagnosis-management-prevention-copd/. Accessed August 9, 2017.
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13. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Vaccination coverage among adults in the United States, NHIS, 2015. cdc.gov/vaccines/imz-managers/coverage/adultvaxview/coverage-estimates/2015.html. Accessed August 18, 2017.
14. US Department of Health and Human Services. Healthy People 2020: Immunization and Infectious Diseases. healthypeople.gov/2020/topics-objectives/topic/immunization-and-infectious-diseases/objectives. Accessed August 18, 2017.
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17. Pilishvili T, Ahmed S, Xing W, et al. Impact of 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine use in the US on invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) among adults with chronic conditions. Poster #0638. Presented at: 10th International Symposium on Pneumococci and Pneumococcal Diseases; June 26–30, 2016; Glasgow, Scotland.
18. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Modifications to Medicare Part B coverage of pneumococcal vaccinations. http://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/Downloads/MM9051.pdf. Accessed August 24, 2017.
19. National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). HEDIS® 2018 Measures. http://www.ncqa.org/hedis-quality-measurement/hedis-measures/hedis-2018. Accessed November 7, 2017.
20. Data available on request from Merck, Professional Services-DAP, WP1-27, PO Box 4, West Point, PA 19486-0004. Please specify information package VACC-1163180-0002.
21. Data available on request from Merck, Professional Services-DAP, WP1-27, PO Box 4, West Point, PA 19486-0004. Please specify information package VACC-1163180-0012.
22. Data available on request from Merck, Professional Services-DAP, WP1-27, PO Box 4, West Point, PA 19486-0004. Please specify information package VACC-1163180-0005.

Indication

PNEUMOVAX®23 (Pneumococcal Vaccine Polyvalent) is a vaccine indicated for active immunization for the prevention of pneumococcal disease caused by the 23 serotypes contained in the vaccine (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6B, 7F, 8, 9N, 9V, 10A, 11A, 12F, 14, 15B, 17F, 18C, 19F, 19A, 20, 22F, 23F, and 33F).

PNEUMOVAX 23 is approved for use in persons 50 years of age or older and persons aged ≥2 years who are at increased risk for pneumococcal disease.

PNEUMOVAX 23 will not prevent disease caused by capsular types of pneumococcus other than those contained in the vaccine.

Select Safety Information for PNEUMOVAX®23 (Pneumococcal Vaccine Polyvalent)

Do not administer PNEUMOVAX 23 to individuals with a history of a hypersensitivity reaction to any component of the vaccine.

Defer vaccination with PNEUMOVAX 23 in persons with moderate or severe acute illness.

Use caution and appropriate care in administering PNEUMOVAX 23 to individuals with severely compromised cardiovascular and/or pulmonary function in whom a systemic reaction would pose a significant risk.

PNEUMOVAX 23 should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed.

Caution should be exercised when PNEUMOVAX 23 is administered to a nursing woman.

Since elderly individuals may not tolerate medical interventions as well as younger individuals, a higher frequency and/or a greater severity of reactions in some older individuals cannot be ruled out.

Persons who are immunocompromised, including persons receiving immunosuppressive therapy, may have a diminished immune response to PNEUMOVAX 23.

PNEUMOVAX 23 may not be effective in preventing pneumococcal meningitis in patients who have chronic cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leakage resulting from congenital lesions, skull fractures, or neurosurgical procedures.

The most common adverse reactions, reported in >10% of subjects vaccinated with PNEUMOVAX 23 in clinical trials, were: injection-site pain/soreness/tenderness, injection-site swelling/induration, headache, injection-site erythema, asthenia and fatigue, and myalgia.

For subjects aged 65 years or older in a clinical study, systemic adverse reactions which were determined by the investigator to be vaccine-related were higher following revaccination than following initial vaccination.

Vaccination with PNEUMOVAX 23 may not offer 100% protection from pneumococcal infection.

Before administering PNEUMOVAX®23 (Pneumococcal Vaccine Polyvalent), please read the accompanying Prescribing Information. The Patient Information also is available.

Take every opportunity to speak with appropriate adult patients about pneumococcal vaccination

  • Pharmacy Engagement Opportunities

    Pharmacy Engagement Opportunities

    Pharmacy Engagement Opportunities
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    Based on IMS Data from 2012 to 2014
    Patients aged 50 years or older visited their pharmacists more frequently than their physicians20

    Pharmacy Prescriptions
    They visit their physician’s office on average
    3.5 times a year20
    But they pick up prescriptions in a pharmacy up to 15 times a year20

    As their pharmacist, your recommendation plays an important role in helping protect your patients against pneumococcal disease21

    According to a survey of 600 adults aged 35 years of age and oldera:

    • Only 25% of patients are likely to ask their pharmacist about a vaccine for pneumonia/ pneumococcal disease.
    • 45% of respondents were likely to accept a pharmacist’s recommendation for a vaccine against pneumonia/pneumococcal disease.
    aStudy Design: 2015 Consumer Attitude and Awareness Tracker for PNEUMOVAX®23 (Pneumococcal Vaccine Polyvalent); 600 men and women aged 35 to 64 years of age with one or more chronic condition (diabetes mellitus, chronic heart disease, and chronic lung disease) and 65+ years of age; 0 min online survey with national panel; fielded September 28 to December 27, 2015. All materials are blinded for disease, vaccine, and Merck.
  • Your Recommendation Matters

    Your Recommendation Matters

    Pharmacists who initiated more pneumococcal conversations ended up vaccinating more individuals than those who initiated fewer conversations22

    Consider 4 key phrases to provide a clear vaccination recommendation based on the patient’s medical and pneumococcal vaccination history:

    • 1.“Pneumococcal disease can be serious.”
    • Help patients understand that pneumococcal disease is caused by certain types of bacteria and includes pneumococcal infections of the lung, blood, and coverings of the brain and spinal cord.
    • 2.“Because of your age (65 or older), you might need to receive 2 different pneumococcal vaccines.”
    • Make sure that your patients understand that even if they already had a dose of another vaccine for pneumococcal pneumonia and are aged 65 years or older, the CDC recommends that they get PNEUMOVAX 23.1,2
    • 3.PNEUMOVAX 23 can help protect against 23 common strains of pneumococcal bacteria that cause pneumococcal disease.”
    • Explain that PNEUMOVAX 23 vaccine contains 23 different pneumococcal strains and is recommended by the CDC for adults aged 65 years and older as part of a sequential 2-vaccine regimen.1,2
    • 4.“I recommend you get this vaccine.”
    • Your patients trust you as a health care provider—tell them why you recommend this vaccination.
    CDC=Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Indication

PNEUMOVAX®23 (Pneumococcal Vaccine Polyvalent) is a vaccine indicated for active immunization for the prevention of pneumococcal disease caused by the 23 serotypes contained in the vaccine (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6B, 7F, 8, 9N, 9V, 10A, 11A, 12F, 14, 15B, 17F, 18C, 19F, 19A, 20, 22F, 23F, and 33F).

PNEUMOVAX 23 is approved for use in persons 50 years of age or older and persons aged ≥2 years who are at increased risk for pneumococcal disease.

PNEUMOVAX 23 will not prevent disease caused by capsular types of pneumococcus other than those contained in the vaccine.

Select Safety Information for PNEUMOVAX®23 (Pneumococcal Vaccine Polyvalent)

Do not administer PNEUMOVAX 23 to individuals with a history of a hypersensitivity reaction to any component of the vaccine.

Defer vaccination with PNEUMOVAX 23 in persons with moderate or severe acute illness.

Use caution and appropriate care in administering PNEUMOVAX 23 to individuals with severely compromised cardiovascular and/or pulmonary function in whom a systemic reaction would pose a significant risk.

PNEUMOVAX 23 should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed.

Caution should be exercised when PNEUMOVAX 23 is administered to a nursing woman.

Since elderly individuals may not tolerate medical interventions as well as younger individuals, a higher frequency and/or a greater severity of reactions in some older individuals cannot be ruled out.

Persons who are immunocompromised, including persons receiving immunosuppressive therapy, may have a diminished immune response to PNEUMOVAX 23.

PNEUMOVAX 23 may not be effective in preventing pneumococcal meningitis in patients who have chronic cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leakage resulting from congenital lesions, skull fractures, or neurosurgical procedures.

The most common adverse reactions, reported in >10% of subjects vaccinated with PNEUMOVAX 23 in clinical trials, were: injection-site pain/soreness/tenderness, injection-site swelling/induration, headache, injection-site erythema, asthenia and fatigue, and myalgia.

For subjects aged 65 years or older in a clinical study, systemic adverse reactions which were determined by the investigator to be vaccine-related were higher following revaccination than following initial vaccination.

Vaccination with PNEUMOVAX 23 may not offer 100% protection from pneumococcal infection.

Before administering PNEUMOVAX®23 (Pneumococcal Vaccine Polyvalent), please read the accompanying Prescribing Information. The Patient Information also is available.

CDC=Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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