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Pneumovax 23

Generic name: pneumococcal polysaccharides vaccine (PPSV), 23-valent [NOO-moe-KOK-al-POL-ee-SAK-a-rides, 23-VAY-lent]
Drug class: bacterial vaccines

What are Pneumococcal Polysaccharides (PPSV)?

Pneumococcal infection is a severe disease that is brought on by bacteria and can cause sinus infections as well as infections of the lungs, inner ear, and blood vessels, as well as the brain. These diseases can lead to death. Pneumococcal polysaccharides (PPSV) are utilized to prevent diseases due to pneumococcal bacteria. This vaccine includes 23 varieties of pneumococcal bacteria. PPSV is for people aged 50 and over and for those older than 2 years who are at a greater chance of developing pneumococcal disease because of certain medical circumstances.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest this vaccine for adults who are 65 or older, even if they have previously received a pneumococcal shot prior to reaching the age limit of 65.

This vaccine helps your body build up immunity against the illness, but it does not help treat an active infection you are already suffering from. Like all vaccines, the pneumococcal polysaccharides may not be able to protect against disease in all people.

Side effects of this vaccine

See a doctor immediately. If you are experiencing symptoms or warning signs of an allergic response, like hives, trouble breathing, or swelling of your lips, face, and tongue,

You shouldn't get a booster shot in the event of an allergy that was life-threatening after your first shot.

Note down any negative side effects that you may experience. If you require an additional dose, then you must notify the provider of your vaccination that the previous shot has had any negative side effects.

Infection with pneumococcal diseases is more hazardous to your health than obtaining this vaccine. Like all medications, this one can trigger negative side effects; however, the likelihood of serious adverse side effects is minimal.

Pneumovax 23 may cause serious side effects. Contact your physician immediately. If you suffer from:

  • Wheezing, trouble breathing
  • Chest pain;
  • Extreme stomach pain, severe vomiting, as well as vomiting;
  • Muscles stiffness, tremors, or
  • It is difficult or painful to urinate.

Common adverse consequences of Pneumovax 23 may include:

  • Pain or discomfort, warmth, redness, swelling, or a lump that is hard to remove after a shot
  • Muscle pain;
  • Headache or
  • Feeling tired or weak.

This isn't a complete list of all the side effects. Others could happen. Consult your physician for advice regarding medical adverse effects. You may report adverse reactions directly to the US Department of Health and Human Services by calling 1-800-822-7967.


You shouldn't get a booster shot in the event of an allergic reaction that was life-threatening after one shot.

Before you take this drug

It is not recommended to get this vaccine if you have experienced a severe allergic reaction to a pneumococcal vaccination.

Contact the provider of vaccinations, whether the child is:

  • Heart issues;
  • A breathing disorder;
  • An immune system that is weak (caused through illness or the use of certain medications) or
  • If you are taking chemotherapy or radiation,

You may still get the vaccine even if you've got an unintentional illness. If you have a more serious illness, like an underlying high fever or other illness, wait until you are better before receiving the vaccine. Let the doctor know that you are nursing or pregnant.

How to take Vaccines?

The vaccine is administered as an injectable shot into the muscle or skin.

PPSV is typically given in one shot. It is possible to require a second shot if you're at the highest risk of contracting pneumococcal bacteria. Continue to take the antibiotic the doctor prescribes to prevent the spread of pneumococcal disease.

Do I be concerned if I miss a dose?

Because PPSV is typically only given once, you'll probably not be following a dosing schedule.

What will happen if I take excessively?

A dose of the vaccine that is too high is highly unlikely.

What should be avoided?

Follow your doctor's advice regarding any dietary restrictions, drinks, food, or any activity

Interaction with other drugs

Before you receive this vaccine, inform your doctor about the other vaccines that you've recently received, including one that is a Zoster (shingles) vaccine.

Inform your doctor that you've recently received treatment or medications that may affect your immune system, for example:

  • Steroid medicine;
  • Medication to treat the symptoms of psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, or other conditions that cause autoimmune disease, as well as
  • Drugs for treating or preventing organ donation rejection.

This list is not comprehensive. Other drugs can also influence PPSV, which includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. There are many possible interactions between drugs that are listed here.