Pneumococcal pneumonia can be a serious disease. It’s a bacterial illness caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae, a type of bacteria that can be carried in the noses and throats of healthy people.
Pneumococcal pneumonia is not a cold or the flu. Symptoms can appear quickly and can be severe. For some people, certain symptoms like cough and fatigue can last for weeks or longer. In fact, pneumococcal pneumonia can put you in the hospital, and in some cases, can even lead to death.
If you’re an adult aged 50 or over, you may be at increased risk for pneumococcal pneumonia.
If you’re 50 or older, vaccination is one way to help protect against pneumococcal pneumonia. Even if you have already been vaccinated with a different pneumococcal vaccine, PREVNAR 13® may help provide additional protection. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if it makes sense for you.
Because PREVNAR 13®
is given by injection, the most common side effects reported in clinical trials were injection site reactions such as redness, swelling, pain at the injection site, or limitation of arm movement. Some people reported systemic side effects, including fatigue, headache, muscle pain, joint pain, decreased appetite, chills, or rash. PREVNAR 13®
should not be given to anyone with a severe allergic reaction to any component of PREVNAR 13®
or any diphtheria toxoid–containing vaccine. Please see additional Important Safety Information