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Hillary Clinton “Up to Date” on Pneumonia Vaccines Prevnar 13 and Pneumovax 23

Prevnar 13 pneumonia vaccine

Prevnar 13 is the world’s top selling vaccine.

Former U.S. Secretary of State and current Democratic candidate for the U.S. Presidency Hillary Clinton is reported to be recovering from a bout of bacterial pneumonia.1 2 According to Clinton’s doctor, Lisa Bardack, MD, Secretary Clinton is currently  being treated with the oral fluoroquinolone antibiotic Levaquin (Levofloxacin).2 

Dr. Bardack, who serves as chair of internal medicine at CareMount Medical in Mount Kisco, NY, has also stated that Secretary Clinton was “up to date” on her pneumonia vaccines—both Prevnar and Pneumovax.3  It is unclear when Secretary Clinton received the vaccines. According to The Washington Post, Secretary Clinton also had a sinus and ear infection in January 2016, which required the insertion of a myringotomy tube in her left ear.4 

The Prevnar 13 pneumococcal 13-valent conjugate vaccine, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2010 to prevent pneumonia and invasive disease in infants over six weeks old, children and adults and for prevention of otitis media (ear infection) in children up to five years old caused by 13 strains of Streptococcus pneumoniae.5 Prevnar 13 is manufactured by Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, formerly a subsidiary of Lederle Labs/American Cyanamid, and now a subsidiary of Pfizer.

In 2000, the FDA licensed the first vaccine for invasive pneumococcal disease, Prevnar 7, and expanded that approval in 2002 to include prevention of otitis media in infants and toddlers.6 The Pneumovax 23 pneumococcal polyvalent vaccine, approved by the FDA in 2009, is a 23-strain vaccine produced by Merck & Co for persons over 50 years old or for children over two years old at increased risk for pneumococcal disease.7 

Ingredients in Prevnar 13 include polysaccharides of the capsular antigens of Streptococcus pneumoniae types (1, 3, 4, 5, 6A, 6B, 7F, 9V, 14, 18C, 19A, 19F and 23F), CRM197 protein, aluminium phosphate, sodium chloride, succinic acid, yeast, soy peptone broth, and polysorbate 80.8  9 

Pneumovax 23 ingredients include polysaccharides from antigens of Streptococcus pneumoniae types (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6B, 7F, 8, 9N, 9V, 10A, 11A, 12F, 14, 15B, 17F, 18C, 19F, 19A, 20, 22F, 23F and 33F), sodium chloride, bovine protein, and phenol.10  11  12 

Prevnar 7 was replaced by Prevnar 13 in 2010 because other strains of pneumococcal had become more prevalent between 2000 and 2008 after widespread use of Prevnar 7 by infants and toddlers between two and 18 months old, which resulted in more severe antibiotic resistant invasive pneumococcal and otitis media infections in the U.S.13 

According to the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), reported pneumoccocal vaccine reactions include: “fever, severe local reactions (swelling, redness, pain at site of injection), irritability, drowsiness, restless sleep, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, decreased appetite, convulsions, asthma, pneumonia and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).”14 

Prevnar 13 is the world’s top selling vaccine. It accounted for sales revenue of $6.02 billion for Pfizer in 2015. Sales of the vaccine are projected to grow to $6.9 billion by 2020.15  Sales for Pneumovax 23 last year totaled $746 million.16 


References:

1 Cillizza C. Hillary Clinton may not recover from her pneumonia until late October. The Washington Post Sept. 13, 2016.
2 
Phillip A and Gearan A. Clinton campaign releases doctor’s letter describing ‘mild’ pneumonia. The Washington Post Sept. 14, 2016.
3 Taylor J. Clinton’s Doctor Says She Is ‘Recovering Well,’ Releases More Health Information. NPR Sept. 14, 2016.
4 Phillips A. Hillary Clinton’s new doctor’s letter, annotated. The Washington Post Sept. 14, 2016.
5 U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Vaccines, Blood & Biologics—Prevnar 13. FDA.gov. 
6 FDA. Approval Letter—Prevnar—from FDA to Lederle Lab. Oct. 1, 2002.  
7 U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Vaccines, Blood & Biologics—Pneumovax 23 – Pneumococcal Vaccine, Polyvalent. FDA.gov. 
8 RxList. Prevnar 13. RxList.com.
9 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Vaccine Excipient & Media Summary. CDC.gov.

10 RxList. Pneumovax 23. RxList.com.
11 Pneumovax 23. News-Medical.net.
12 List of vaccine ingredients.Wikipedia.
13 Mercola J. Prevnar Vaccine Shown to Actually Increase Bacterial Infections It Is Supposed to Prevent. Mercola.com May 22, 2012.
14 National Vaccine Information Center. Pneumococcal (S. Pneumoniae). NVIC.org.
15 Gibney M. 5. Prevnar 13FiercePharma.
16 Merck. Merck Announces Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2015 Financial Results. BusinessWire.com Feb. 3, 2016.

16 Responses to Hillary Clinton “Up to Date” on Pneumonia Vaccines Prevnar 13 and Pneumovax 23

  1. James Reply

    November 22, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    What is funny about this post is, although the information is well sourced and has factual information, that it almost has no connection with Hilary Clinton. The authors of this article are obviously using the small bits of information about her possibly being up to date on her pneumonia vaccine (even though they don’t know if the vaccines even caused this health problems or if she even took the vaccinations they are talking about) to lead to talking about information of the risks of taking the vaccine.
    In my mind, this is merely propaganda for this kind of biased blog/news website to talk more about the issue of vaccines. However, I can see there are real risks to taking such vaccines that are unnecessary for general human health. That is why I have not taken any unnecessary vaccinations, even if my doctor says I am wrong for doing so.
    What is wrong here is that these authors are obviously using Hillary Clinton as a precursor to talk about vaccines. Her name is used in this article yet she takes up two paragraphs of information. The rest is simply talking unapologetically about pneumonia vaccinations. I don’t appreciate the misleading title and that is why it is hard to believe anyone when they talk about how bad vaccines can be for you or how we need to stop using them.

  2. Millie Reply

    October 23, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    What I heard Mrs. Clinton say during this past year on Nightline,
    Public TV was, basically, “The science is in: I am a grandmother; get your kids [or children] vaccinated.” I, too, am a grandmother, and have experienced vaccine injury in the family.
    Her comment delivered in an authoritarian voice does scare me a bit.

  3. Redpill1 Reply

    October 3, 2016 at 7:28 am

    Hillary Clinton “Up to Date” on Pneumonia Vaccines Prevnar 13 and Pneumovax 23

    Much is being said about Clinton being up to date on her vaccines. It is alleged or implied by dozens of anti-vaxx-pro-choice website she developed pneumonia from the vaccines-it’s possible but not definitive. Absolutely no way of knowing. I have never had any vaccines and certainly not the Prevnar 13 and Pneumovax 2, would never take it AND I have have pneumonia twice. I also have allergies which I was never told could lead to pneumonia. Once I discovered that I researched and discovered the necessary supplements that have prevented any infection from occurring for decades. Clinton has allergies and with all the environments she has been in over the last decade-I’m surprised she’s still on her feet.

    Instead of trying to manipulate facts and steer people into a particular belief system, let the facts speak for themselves and the facts are NO ONE KNOWS if the vaccine caused her pneumonia. The facts are she is entitled to take any medication or vaccine SHE wants because it’s her choice. Clinton made a statement about vaccines being safe and effective – the science is in. She’s never made a statement beyond that and she has never stated she would make vaccines mandatory. What Clinton is expressing is a personal choice. Medical Autonomy. If we want this for ourselves and our family we must allow her and Trump who has come out strongly as Pro-Vaxx the right to make that choice. Isn’t that what we are fighting for?

  4. Ali Reply

    September 28, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Okay! This was supposed to be comments on the vaccine but it turned into a Clinton vrs Trump. Come on folks pull your Trumpkin heads out of his butt and check the facts! He is as big a liar if not bigger than Clinton. He has had one scandal after another and for what ever reason not many take notice and if they do, they don’t seem to mind that he is as corrupt as any politician can be. It is amazing how much can be swept under the rug if the price is right. Make no mistake Trump will NEVER do anything that will not benefit him. Neither one have good morals, she at least has some manners, he does not. He was at times not making much sense at all. I won’t be casting my vote for either one. It is a sad day in this country when one votes for the one that they hate the least! Either way, Trump or Clinton we are screwed. Seriouly, do you honestly believe that one man can turn this whole country around? Wake up!

    • Shasta Noack Reply

      September 30, 2016 at 4:34 pm

      HILLARY IS FOR FORCED VACCINES – TRUMP IS NOT.
      Ali- Seems like you make a hand at telling everyone what to do … right before you roll over and play dead.
      Good thing there is another breed people -protecting our country, our children and our future … the determined ones, the ones who can see a little clearer when it comes to finding like minded leaders and casting their vote … don’t throw in the towel and don’t give up- our children’s very futures depend upon it.

    • Donna Reply

      October 1, 2016 at 9:28 am

      Ali–your Kool-Aid is waiting.

  5. Karen Reply

    September 28, 2016 at 12:01 am

    Is it yet another case of vaccine failure? Or another case of vaccine causing the disease it was supposed to prevent? Either way, I’ll take my chances with vitamin c :).

  6. CATRYNA WHITE Reply

    September 27, 2016 at 4:05 pm

    “Secretary Clinton is currently being treated with the oral fluoroquinolone antibiotic Levaquin (Levofloxacin).”

    Good luck taking that monstrous stuff! Overkill.

  7. CATRYNA WHITE Reply

    September 27, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    “Hillary Clinton “Up to Date” on Pneumonia Vaccines Prevnar 13 and Pneumovax 23.”

    Maybe that’s her problem.

  8. Rosech Reply

    September 27, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Pneumonia? Get real because when you have pneumonia you are required to rest and for weeks. Just another phony lie by her “doctors” to cover her serious illness resulting from blood clotting conditions leading to seizures, coughing, etc. Maybe Parkinson’s but I think is far beyond that as having studied medicine for 6 yrs. Last night she was drugged to the hilt and it was obvious with the blinking eyes, looking down to hide any unusual eye movement, those smarmy smiles of a doll showing the effects of those drugs as well. And then Bill putting his arm around her to help her off stage. Trump won and she lost because all lies and nothing of substance as usual. Name calling is still her not working game. Trump laid out the bait and she took it hook, line and sinker! Trump does know how to deal!

    • Lester K Reply

      September 27, 2016 at 8:08 pm

      What about the Donald’s cocaine sniffles? Missed those didn’t you?

  9. Melissa W Reply

    September 27, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    1) I don’t believe anything the media says; 2) All politicians and our so-called leaders follow the mantra, “Do as I say, not as I do”; and 3) Hillary should be detained and forcibly treated the next time she goes into an extended coughing fit.

  10. Paul Kramer Reply

    September 27, 2016 at 11:27 am

    Take back your permission – quiet the title to your birth certificate, you as the sole beneficiary and the State of _______ as the sole trustee.
    Public Policy requires our permission in the form of written consent – sign here! We do not indicate our status with each signature as we must to prevent unwritten presumptions from arising. Paul

  11. Jema Reply

    September 27, 2016 at 9:57 am

    With just a little more time Hillary’s doctors will take her out of the running. Fluoroquinolones are the most dangerous antibiotics there are. Google “floxed” for some horror stories of people injured by them.

  12. DANABELLE Reply

    September 27, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Why would we believe anything those psychopaths say cuz they LIE about everything–that’s what they do. If Hillary lied about Benghazi,her email situation,etc she and her doctor will lie about her vaxx record and her health. Americans have been conditioned since day one to believe all the propaganda thrown at them.

  13. Lisa Reply

    September 27, 2016 at 8:38 am

    If she’s got pneumonia, it’s more likely aspiration pneumonia related to the dysphasia associated with Parkinson’s.

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