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Pneumonia Vaccine

Alternate Names : Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine, PPV

Pneumonia Vaccine | Preparation & Expectations | Home Care and Complications

What happens later at home?

This vaccine is very safe. Severe allergic reactions are very rare. It is important to seek emergency medical care immediately if a person:

  • is having trouble breathing, or shortness of breath
  • has hives
  • has a rapid heartbeat, pale skin, or other signs of anaphylactic shock
  • What are the potential complications after the procedure?

    Pneumococcal disease is far more likely than the vaccine to cause serious problems for people who are at high risk for it.

  • Mild side effects may include redness, pain, and swelling at the site of the shot for 1 to 2 days.
  • Rarely, fever, muscle pains, or another reaction at the site of the shot occur.
  • Very rarely, a severe allergic reaction or even death can occur.

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    Author: Francesca Coltrera, BA
    Reviewer: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
    Date Reviewed: 07/27/01

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