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DH announce replacement pneumococcal vaccine

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A replacement pneumococcal vaccine (Prevenar 13) will be introduced into the routine childhood immunisation programme later this spring.

The vaccine will be phased and will protect against 13 different types of pneumococcal bacteria, compared to the current vaccine that protects against seven strains. 

The new vaccine will follow the same three-dose schedule: one vaccination at two months, four months and 13 months.

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