You should talk with your healthcare provider before you receive these vaccines if you have:
- Had any sort of a reaction to a vaccine before
- A moderate or severe illness
- Guillain-Barré syndrome
- A history of febrile seizures
- Chronic cerebrospinal fluid leakage due to a skull fracture, brain surgery, or any other cause
- A bleeding disorder (or are taking an anticoagulant)
- An immune-suppressing condition such as HIV or AIDS, diabetes, or cancer
- Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Pneumovax and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Pneumovax and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell the healthcare provider giving the vaccination about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Pneumonia Vaccine Warnings and Precautions to learn more, including information on who should not receive the vaccination.)
How Should the Pneumonia Vaccine Be Stored?Pneumovax vials (both opened and unopened) should be stored in the refrigerator. Prevnar prefilled syringes should be stored in the refrigerator.
Available FormsPneumovax is available in single-dose vials as well as multidose vials (with five doses per vial). Prevnar and Prevnar 13 come in 0.5-mL, single-dose, prefilled syringes.