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New vaccine to be given to children on Isle of Man

A vaccine to protect children against a bacteria which causes diseases including pneumonia and meningitis is to be introduced on the Isle of Man.

The Prevenar 13 vaccine will provide protection against 13 types of the bacteria pneumococcus.

It will replace the current Prevenar 7 vaccine, a spokesman for the Public Health Directorate said.

It will be rolled out on the island from next month as part of the childhood immunisation programme.

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