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Pneumococcal Vaccine

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine (serotype (1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6B + 7F + 8 + 9N + 9V + 10A + 11A + 12F + 14 + 15B + 17F + 18C + 19A + 19F + 20 + 22F + 23F + 33F)) Pneumovax, Pneumo 23, Prevenar

Pneumococcal Vaccine - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Pneumococcal Vaccine cause?

Some people may feel faint after the vaccination

  • Sit for 15 minutes to avoid fainting

Soreness, redness, or swelling at the injection site, slight headache, body aches or tiredness; fever of more than 38 C is not common

(i) These side effects usually go away on its own within 2 to 3 days

(ii) You may take Paracetamol to help to relieve the pain or fever

Severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis) are rare and can happen within minutes to a few hours after vaccination.

The symptoms of a severe allergic reaction include one or more of the following:

  • Swollen face/eyes/lips/tongue
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Itchy skin rashes over your whole body

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should inform your healthcare professional immediately.

Before taking Pneumococcal Vaccine, what precautions must I follow?

Inform your healthcare professional if:
  • You are allergic to this vaccine or any of the other ingredients of this vaccine
  • You have a history of Guillain-Barré Syndrome (a rare nerve condition)
  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Pneumococcal Vaccine?

Pneumococcal Vaccine - Handling

How should I handle Pneumococcal Vaccine safely?

Pneumococcal Vaccine - Storage

How should I store Pneumococcal Vaccine?

How should I dispose of Pneumococcal Vaccine safely?

Pneumococcal Vaccine - Additional Information

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