What to expect from my pneumococcal vaccination
Who should not get the pneumococcal vaccine?
You shouldn’t have the vaccine if you have had a history of severe allergic reaction to a previous dose or to any part of the vaccine.
Are there any side effects of the pneumococcal vaccine?
Like most vaccines, the pneumococcal vaccine can sometimes cause mild side effects, including:
- Mild fever
- Redness, hardness, numbness and swelling at injection site
- Mild flu-like symptoms.
- In very rare occasions, a severe allergic reaction can occur. Pharmacists are fully trained to deal with this scenario. This is why all patients are requested to remain in-store for 15 minutes after your vaccination, in case you have any immediate side effects.
What can I expect once I have had the vaccine?
Most adults will be protected by the vaccine after 3 weeks. Being vaccinated is likely to protect you against pneumonia. However, vaccinations do not offer 100% protection against all types of pneumonia. The pneumococcal vaccine is an inactivated or “killed” vaccine and does not contain any live organisms. It cannot cause the disease it protects against.