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Brand name: Pneumovax-23

Pneumovax-23 is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) pneumoccocal 23 valent vaccine. On this page you will find out more about Pneumovax-23, including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)

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Active ingredient in this medicine: pneumoccocal 23 valent vaccine

Pack size information

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Information for medicine and pack size:
Pneumovax-23 injection solution, 0.5 mL vial

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

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What this medicine is for

PNEUMOVAX 23 is indicated for immunisation of individuals in the following situations: All individuals over the age of 65 years; Individuals with asplenia, either functional or anatomical, including sickle cell disease, in persons more than 2 years of age; where possible the vaccine should be given at least 14 days before splenectomy; Immunocompromised patients at increased risk of pneumococcal disease (eg patients with HIV infection before the development of AIDS, nephrotic syndrome, multiple myeloma, lymphoma, Hodgkin's Disease and organ transplantation); Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people over 50 years of age; Immunocompetent persons at increased risk of complications from pneumococcal disease because of chronic illness (eg chronic cardiac, renal or pulmonary disease, diabetes mellitus, alcoholism and cirrhosis); Patients with cerebrospinal fluid leaks. In Australia, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) currently recommends the vaccination of tobacco smokers with the 23-valent polysaccharide pneumococcal vaccine. PNEUMOVAX 23 is indicated for immunisation only against pneumococcal disease caused by those pneumococcal types included in the vaccine. Effectiveness of the vaccine in the prevention of pneumococcal pneumonia and pneumococcal bacteremia has been demonstrated. In Australia, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) currently recommeds the vaccination of tabacco smokers with the 23-valent polysaccharide pneumococcal vaccine. PNEUMOVAX 23 will not prevent disease caused by capsular types of pneumococcus othar those contained in the vaccine.

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance Clear colourless solution
Dosage Form Injection, solution
Route of administration Subcutaneous
Medicine schedule
0.5mL x 1: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy
10: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Vial
Storage temperature Store at 2 to 8 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions No information available
Life time 2 Years
We were unable to verify that this medicine is available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme). Please consult your pharmacist if you need further information

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