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Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine



Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (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

Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine 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


Expert advice

  • 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

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 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)