Pneumonia Shot Reaction

There are two different pneumonia vaccines -- Pneumovax® and Prevnar 13®. Although some people may have a reaction after receiving their pneumonia shot, these products are generally well tolerated. If side effects do occur, they tend to be mild and easily treated.
Each pneumonia shot has slightly different side effects. With Pneumovax, about 50 percent of people receiving the vaccine experience injection site reactions, such as redness, pain, warmth, swelling, or a lump. The most common side effects of Prevnar 13 include in children:
  • Irritability -- in up to 85.6 percent of children
  • Sleeping more than usual -- up to 71.5 percent
  • Tenderness at the injection site -- up to 64.7 percent.
In rare cases, pneumonia shot reactions can be dangerous. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you or your child develops any serious symptoms, such as difficulty breathing, a high fever, or an unexplained rash.
(To learn more about potential reactions to the pneumonia shot, click Pneumonia Vaccine Side Effects. Topics discussed in this article include why side effects may be different depending on a person's age, how the vaccines performed in clinical trials, and more.)
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