The pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (Pneumovax®
) is used to prevent pneumococcal disease, a group of infections (such as pneumonia
or bacteremia) caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae
. It is recommended as a routine vaccination for people age 65 and older and in special situations for people age two and older.
Just like any vaccine, the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine may cause side effects. However, not everyone who receives it will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it well, with only minor side effects, if any.
If adverse reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can be treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
The most common side effects seen with the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine include:
- Injection site reactions, such as pain, redness, or swelling
- A low-grade fever.