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The pneumonia vaccine is available in the form of two brand-name products: Pneumovax® and Prevnar 13®. Although most people tolerate these products well, side effects are possible. Some of the adverse reactions reported with these pneumonia vaccines include irritability and drowsiness (mostly with Prevnar 13 in children) and pain, redness, or other injection site reactions (with Pneumovax or Prevnar 13 in adults).
Before getting the pneumonia vaccine, talk to your healthcare provider about any adverse reactions. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know if you will have problems with this product. If you happen to develop symptoms such as high fever or seizures after getting vaccinated, tell your healthcare provider right away.
(To learn more about possible adverse reactions, click Pneumonia Vaccine Side Effects. This article features in-depth information on common, rare, and serious side effects seen with Pneumovax and Prevnar.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Vaccine information statement: Pneumovax®, Prevnar® (10/6/09). CDC Web site. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/vis/downloads/vis-ppv.pdf. Accessed October 26, 2009.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Vaccine information statement: pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (9/30/02). CDC Web site. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/Pubs/vis/downloads/vis-pneumoconjugate.pdf. Accessed October 26, 2009.
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