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Pneumonia Vaccine Reaction
and Side Effects

Which Pneumonia vaccine did you receive?

The pneumonia vaccine, also known as Prevnar 13, is administered to both children and adults to help protect against the 13 types of pneumococcal bacteria.

 

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What are the side effects of the pneumonia shot? Pneumonia vaccine side effects are a reality for many. Proper technique is critical for intramuscular vaccines such as the pneumococcal vaccine. Specifically, the Center for Disease Control advises that the needle should be inserted at a 90-degree angle to the skin, as close to the deltoid muscle as possible. While this may seem fool-proof, mistakes are common and can lead to tendonitis and other musculoskeletal injuries in the shoulder and arm. Improper vaccine administration can allow for the needle to cause damage to the nerves, muscles and other subcutaneous soft tissue. Reactions to pneumonia shots are diverse and should be recognizable in order to take appropriate action if necessary.

Pneumonia shot reactions come in many forms. Additionally, many inactivated vaccines (including the pneumococcal vaccine) contain an adjuvant. Adjuvants are vaccine components that enhance the immune response to an antigen. These components can cause a local reaction to an improperly placed needle, causing pain, redness and swelling.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has received reports of people fainting after nearly all vaccines, including the pneumococcal vaccines. Although many episodes of vasovagal syncope occur due to the vaccination process rather than the vaccine itself, there is not yet a definitive answer as to whether pneumococcal vaccine ingredients are responsible for the reaction to pneumonia vaccines. Syncope is most commonly seen among adolescents who have certain prior medical conditions and can result in hospitalizations for either evaluation or because of an injury after the episode.

It is important to be aware of the dangers of pneumonia vaccines.

 

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WHAT IS THE PNEUMONIA VACCINE?

The most common pneumonia vaccine is PCV13, also known as Prevnar or Prevnar 13, protects against 13 types of pneumococcal bacteria, pneumococcal pneumonia and was designed primarily for children. Additionally, there is PPSV23, also known as Pneumovax or Pneumovax 23, protects against 23 types of pneumococcal bacteria and is most often used for older adults. Like all others, there are Pneumovax 23 side effects to take into consideration.

 

WHO SHOULD GET THE PNEUMONIA VACCINE?

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends pneumococcal vaccination for all children younger than 2 years of age and all healthy adults over the age of 65, essentially those with potentially weakened immune systems. In certain situations, older children and other adults should also receive this vaccine. It is important to be very aware of the potential Prevnar 13 side effects in seniors and children.

 

PNEUMONIA VACCINE SIDE EFFECTS

What are some of the side effects of pneumonia vaccines? Like all others, there are some side effects of Prevnar 13. Pneumonia vaccine arm pain is probably the most common. Other Prevnar vaccine side effects consist of redness, swelling at the injection site, fever, loss of appetite, fussiness or irritability, fatigue, headache, and in some cases a serious allergic reaction. Pneumovax side effects consist of redness and pain at the site of injection, fever, and muscle aches, similar to that of the influenza vaccine. Unfortunately, there are pneumococcal vaccine side effects from both the leading available shots. Side effects from pneumonia shots are possible thus it is important to be acutely aware of these.

 

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TYPES OF PNEUMONIA VACCINE INJURIES

Pneumococcal vaccine reactions come in different forms. Proper technique is critical for intramuscular vaccines such as the pneumococcal vaccine. Specifically, the Center for Disease Control advises that the needle should be inserted at a 90-degree angle to the skin, as close to the deltoid muscle as possible. While this may seem fool-proof, mistakes are common and can lead to tendonitis and other musculoskeletal injuries in the shoulder and arm. Improper vaccine administration can allow for the needle to cause damage to the nerves, muscles and other subcutaneous soft tissue. Additionally, many inactivated vaccines (including the pneumococcal vaccine) contain an adjuvant. Adjuvants are vaccine components that enhance the immune response to an antigen, particularly to protect against invasive pneumococcal diseases. These components can cause a local reaction to an improperly placed needle, causing pain, redness and swelling.

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) has received reports of people fainting after nearly all vaccines, including the pneumococcal vaccines. Although many episodes of vasovagal syncope occur during immunization practices rather than from the vaccine itself, there is not yet a definitive answer as to whether an ingredient in the vaccine is responsible for the reaction. One of the more common adverse reactions is Syncope. This is commonly seen among young children and adolescents and can result in hospitalizations for either evaluation or because of an injury after the episode.

 

PNEUMONIA VACCINE INJURY COMPENSATION

PCV 13 vaccine side effects are a reality. If you or a loved one has suffered an adverse reaction, illness, severe or mild Prevnar side effects, and/or a shoulder injury after receiving the pneumonia vaccine, you may qualify for compensation from a federal program called the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. For more information on the side effects of the pneumonia shot call the national vaccine injury attorneys at My Vaccine Lawyer. Not only is the phone call free, but our representation comes at no cost to you.

 

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How to report a pneumonia vaccine injury

In the wake of suffering damaging side effects such as difficulty breathing, rheumatoid arthritis, an anaphylactic reaction, development of a severe allergy, immune system failure, or a serious infection from the PPSV23 vaccine, PCV13, or the flu vaccine, you should immediately notify your doctor's office. Be sure to provide the date of vaccination, the vaccine administrator’s information and the site of injection (i.e., left or right arm.) Your medical provider will ensure that you begin a course of treatment to best address your symptoms. Additionally, you should:

  • Call your doctor as some vaccine injuries such as a severe allergic reaction can be life-threatening if left untreated;
  • Tell your doctor exactly what happened, the date and time of your vaccine, and shoulder it was given;
  • Ask your doctor to file a Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System ("VAERS") form.

Pneumococcal and influenza vaccine injuries happen. VAERS stands for the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, which is a program managed by the CDC. The program processes submitted reports of vaccine injuries and adverse events from those who have been injured. It is important to note that VAERS does not diagnose those who have been injured with a vaccine injury, but rather compile data about reported adverse reactions for the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration in hopes of improving vaccine safety measures in the future. There are no restrictions to who can file a VAERS report and it is often used as supplemental evidence in vaccine cases when determining the onset of an injury or symptoms.

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