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Infant Pneumococcal Vaccine Study

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Participants needed: Two month old infants

About Pneumococcal Disease

Pneumococcal disease (also known as pneumococcus) is caused by a type of bacteria called Streptococcus pneumoniae.

This bacteria is a major cause of infections in the ears, sinuses, blood, lungs, and brain.

Without vaccination, children under 2 years of age have the highest rates of disease.

What is the purpose of the study?

There are over 90 different types of pneumococcus. The vaccine used today in NS is called Prevnar 13*. It protects against 13 of the most common types of pneumococcus. The vaccine is very effective and infection with these 13 types is now uncommon.

A new investigational vaccine called V114 protects against the same 13 types of pneumococcus bacteria plus 2 additional types.

The purpose of this study is to compare the side effects of the routine Prevnar 13* vaccine to the study vaccine V114 that protects against 2 additional types of pneumococcus disease.

There will be a sub-study for children who were born premature (less than 37 weeks gestation). In this group, we will also compare protection (antibody) levels by taking 3 blood samples.

Is my child eligible to participate?

We are in need of healthy, 2 month old infants.

Participant commitment:

The study involves 5 or 6 visits and 5 telephone calls over a 16 to 20 month period.

Your child is seen at CCfV when your child is 2, 4, 6, 7 (premature group only), 12, and 13 months old.

Visits will include routine vaccinations, physical exams and questions about your baby’s health.

The visits and phone calls will take around 3.5-4.5 hours over the entire study period.

You will receive:

Reimbursement for your out-of-pocket expenses related to the study such as travel and parking.

Study staff will be giving all routine infant vaccinations up to 12 months of age.

We will send a record of the vaccinations to your family doctor and Public health. In addition, we will provide you with an immunization record card and update it at each vaccination.

Contact Melissa Kervin

Phone (902) 470-7583

Email Melissa.Kervin@iwk.nshealth.ca

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