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    Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine

    Information about Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine

    Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine uses

    Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine is used to prevent pneumonia.

    How pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine works

    Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine is a vaccine which helps develop immunity by initiating a mild infection. This type of infection does not cause illness but stimulates the body's immune system to produce antibodies (proteins) to protect against any future infections.

    Common side effects of pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine

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

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    Expert advice for Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine

    • 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 Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine

    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 15 February, 2018, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)