EVERETT---Snohomish Health District announced it is stocking a new vaccine that fights the invasive Pneumococcus organism---a common cause of bacterial meningitis, pneumonia, ear infections and blood infections in children. Health officials said they received a limited supply of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine through the state’s Vaccines for Children program.
Pneumococcal infections cause approximately 700 cases of meningitis, 17,000 cases of blood stream infections, and 200 deaths each year in children under 5 years of age in the United States. Under the brand name Prevnar, the vaccine targets the seven strains of pneumococca l bacteria that cause up to 80 percent of all pneumococcal disease in children under age 6.
"This vaccine is not required for child care or school entry," said M. Ward Hinds, MD, MPH, Health Officer for Snohomish Health District. "Parents and guardians can check with their regular health care provider for information about the vaccine and its availability," he said. Dr. Hinds noted that vaccine recommendations have changed in recent years, and all family members would benefit from a review of their immunization records. The Health District recently mailed Prevnar information to providers in Snohomish County.
Routine immunization with Prevnar is recommended for:
- all children six weeks of age up to the second birthday
- children with chronic illness or a weak ened immune system, 2 years old up to the fifth birthday
- children of African American, Native American or Alaska Native descent up to the fifth birthday
- children in group child care up to the fifth birthday
Other children 2 years old up to their fifth birthday may receive the vaccine upon parental request. The necessary number of vaccine doses for full protection depends on the child’s health status and age when the vaccine series was started.
Immunizations are available at the Snohomish Health District Main Clinic by appointment on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Monday and Wednesday by appointment from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and walk-in from 1-5:30 p.m. The Main Clinic address is 3020 Rucker Ave., Suite 108, Everett. Call (425) 339-5220 to make appointments.
The District also operates a clinic in Lynnwood, at 6101 200 St. SW, Suite 100. The clinic offers immunizations by appointment from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and Friday; by appointment from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, and walk-in from 1-5:30 p.m. Call (425) 775-3522 to schedule an appointment. Bring immunization records with you to the clinic.
Established in 1959, the Snohomish Health District works to improve the health of individuals, families and communities through disease prevention, health
promotion, and protection from environmental threats.