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Pneumococcal Vaccine for Adults

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

The pneumococcal vaccine is an injection given to protect you from pneumococcal disease. Pneumococcal disease develops from 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. The vaccine comes in 2 forms, called pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) and pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV).

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

  • Your mouth and throat are swollen.
  • You are wheezing or have trouble breathing.
  • You have chest pain or your heart is beating faster than normal for you.
  • You feel like you are going to faint.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • Your face is red or swollen.
  • You have hives that spread over your body.
  • You feel weak or dizzy.

Call your doctor if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You have swollen or painful lymph nodes in your neck.
  • You have 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 doctor as directed:

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

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