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Side Effects of the Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine

Other Possible Side Effects

The pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials and has been used in many people. Based on information from trials, the most common pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine side effects are injection site reactions (such as redness, pain, warmth, swelling, or a lump at the injection site). This reaction occurs in about 50 percent of people.
 
Other, less common side effects (occurring in less than 1 percent of people) included but were not limited to:
 
  • Fever and/or chills
  • Muscle aches
  • Infection at the injection site
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Joint pain or muscle pain
  • Headaches
  • General weakness or a general ill feeling
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Swollen arm and hand (if the vaccine is given in the arm)
  • Swollen leg and foot (if the vaccine is given in the thigh)
  • Arthritis.
     

Final Thoughts

You may experience some or none of the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your healthcare provider to know beforehand if you will have problems with this vaccine.
 
Therefore, make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you develop any side effects after getting vaccinated. Also, let your healthcare provider know if something "just does not seem right." While it may not be a side effect of the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem, or provide reassurance if nothing is the matter.
 
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