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Prevnar 13 Side Effects

Common Side Effects of Prevnar 13 in Adults

Prevnar 13 has also been studied in adults (age 50 and older). In these studies, Prevnar 13 was compared to the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (Pneumovax®).
 
In these studies, the most common Prevnar 13 side effects included:
 
  • Pain -- up to 88.8 percent of people
  • Headache -- up to 65.9 percent
  • Fatigue -- up to 63.3 percent
  • Muscle pain -- up to 61.8 percent
  • Limitation of arm movement -- up to 40.7 percent
  • Joint pain -- up to 31.5 percent
  • Decreased appetite -- up to 25.3 percent
  • Chills -- up to 23.5 percent
  • Swelling -- up to 23.1 percent
  • Redness -- up to 22.2 percent
  • Rash -- up to 16 percent
  • Vomiting -- up to 6.9 percent
  • Fever -- up to 4.2 percent.
      

Side Effects to Report

There are a number of rare but serious side effects of Prevnar 13 that you should report to your child's healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
 
  • A high fever
  • Any unusual behavior changes (aside from the usual fussiness that typically occurs after vaccinations)
  • A seizure
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
     
    • An unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Swelling of the mouth or throat
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing.
 

Final Thoughts

Your child may experience some or none of the side effects listed in this article. Unfortunately, there is no way for your child's healthcare provider to know beforehand if your child will have problems with a vaccine they have never tried.
 
Therefore, make sure to let your child's healthcare provider know if any side effects develop after the vaccination. Also, let your child's healthcare provider know if your child develops something that "just does not seem right." While it may not be a Prevnar 13 side effect, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
 
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