What Are the Possible Side Effects of the Pneumonia Vaccine?


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The vaccine is generally safe for both children and adults, but some possible mild side effects of the pneumonia vaccine are redness at the injection site, muscle pain, fever and in very rare instances an allergic reaction, states WebMD. Fevers are more common in infants or young children. The two types of pneumonia vaccines that are available are the PCV series and PPSV23.

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The pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23) may cause mild reaction at the injection site in half the people who are vaccinated, but these side effects should be gone in two days, states the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. An allergic reaction can include symptoms like breathing problems, hives or a high fever.

These different vaccines protect people against pneumococcal disease, which is an infection caused by the Streptococcus pneumoniae bacterium. PCV7 and PCV13 are age- appropriates series of vaccines that are suitable for children in different age ranges, states WebMD. PPSV23, which covers 23 bacteria strains, is for people that may be in different risk groups, such as those who are older than age 65, or have certain health issues.

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