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If you are over 65 years old, your healthcare provider may recommend the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine. This product helps prevent bacteremia, pneumonia, and other conditions caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae. In certain situations, it may also be recommended for people between 2 and 65 years of age. The most common side effects of the vaccine include swelling, redness, and other injection site reactions.
What Is the Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine?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.
Are There Side Effects?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.
- Injection site reactions, such as pain, redness, or swelling
- A low-grade fever.