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Pneumococcal Vaccine For Children


The pneumococcal vaccine is an injection given to protect your child from pneumococcal disease. Pneumococcal disease is an infection caused by pneumococcal bacteria. The infection may cause pneumonia or an ear infection. Pneumococcal disease is spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing.


Call 911 for any of the following:

  • Your child's mouth and throat are swollen.

  • Your child is wheezing or has trouble breathing.

  • Your child has chest pain or says his heart is beating fast.

  • Your child faints.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • Your child's face is red or swollen.

  • Your child has hives that spread over his body.

  • Your child says he feels weak or dizzy.

Contact your child's healthcare provider if:

  • Your child has increased pain, redness, or swelling around the area where the shot was given.

  • You have questions or concerns about the pneumococcal vaccine.

Apply a warm compress

to the injection area as directed to decrease pain and swelling.

Follow up with your child's healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your child's visits.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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