The Pneumonia Vaccine Risks
Two different pneumonia vaccines are available: Prevnar 13® and Pneumovax®. Each product has slightly different side effects. For example, the most common side effects seen with Pneumovax are injection site reactions, such as redness, pain, warmth, or a lump. These reactions occur in about 50 percent of people. With Prevnar 13, the most common side effects in children include drowsiness and irritability.
Serious side effects are also a risk when receiving a pneumonia vaccine; however, these potentially dangerous symptoms are much less common. Report any weakness, tingling, paralysis, or unexplained swelling to your healthcare provider right away.
(Click Pneumonia Vaccine Side Effects for more information on the risks associated with the pneumonia vaccine. This article takes a closer look at possible side effects and explains why those seen in children may be different from those in adults.)