What Are The Uses Of Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine?
Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV) is also known as Pneumovax 23 is a vaccine prepared from polysaccharide capsule of the pneumococcal bacterium. It is given to prevent infections caused by certain types of bacteria pneumococcus. The antigens present in vaccine induce the production of a specific type of antibodies that protect the body from streptococcus pneumonia infection.
It controls exacerbations of chronic obstructive disease (COPD) and asthma. It is administered to children of 2-8 years of age and adults over 65.
What Are The Side Effects Of Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine?
Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine is possibly safe, but in some cases may cause side effects such as:
- Pain/redness/swelling/soreness at injection site
- Fever, muscle aches
Please consult a physician if the symptoms are persistent.
What Are The Contraindications Of Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine?
Please inform your doctor if you have any of the following conditions: