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Composition for PNEUMOVAX 23

Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine(25 mcg)

food interaction for PNEUMOVAX 23

alcohol interaction for PNEUMOVAX 23

pregnancy interaction for PNEUMOVAX 23

lactation interaction for PNEUMOVAX 23

It can be taken with or without food, but it is better to take Pneumovax 23 injection at a fixed time.
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
Pneumovax 23 injection may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Either animal studies have shown adverse effect on fetus and there are no human studies or studies in human and animals are not available. It should be given only if potential benefits justifies risk to the fetus. Please consult your doctor.
Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.


Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine(25 mcg)


Pneumovax 23 injection (PPV) is used to protect against 23 types of pneumococcal bacteria which can infect the sinuses and inner ear. It can also infect the lungs, blood and brain and these conditions can be fatal.

How it works

Pneumovax 23 injection belongs to a class of drugs called vaccines. It works by activating the immune system to produce antibodies (specific immune compounds) against pneumococcal bacteria thereby offering protection against infection due to live virus infection in future.

Common side effects

Allergic reaction, Fever, Injection site redness, Rash, Soreness


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Expert advice for PNEUMOVAX 23

  • Tell your doctor if you have human immunodeficiency virus infection or acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS), sickle cell disease, kidney disease, history of organ or bone marrow transplant or are receiving chemotherapy.
  • Tell your doctor if you are receiving chemotherapy.
  • Ensure to inform your doctor if you have received a pneumococcal vaccine within the past 3 to 5 years as a second dose can be given 5 years after the first dose.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Do not take if allergic to pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine or any of its ingredients.
  • Do not give to Children <2 years.

Frequently asked questions for PNEUMOVAX 23

Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine

Q. When is pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine given?
Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine is given in between the age of 2 to 65. In certain cases when a second dose is recommended, it should be given 5 years after the first dose. Please follow your doctor’s advice regarding dosing schedule.


Content on this page was last updated on 31 October, 2015, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)