Bacteremia, which is a severe infection in the blood.
Pneumococcal infection is also an important cause of ear infections in children. Immunization against pneumococcal disease is recommended for all adults and children 2 years of age and older.
2 What to Know Before Using
Before using Pneumovax 23, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it. Inform your healthcare provider for any allergic reactions to these drugs or any other drugs, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. Carefully read the label of non-prescription drugs for any possible allergic reaction or contraindications.
This vaccine is not recommended for use in infants and children younger than 2 years of age. Studies in the elderly have not demonstrated any geriatric-specific problems that would limit the utility of pneumococcal polyvalent vaccine. Unwanted effects are more likely to happen in elderly patients.
Drugs should not be taken together to prevent any interactions but in necessary cases inquire your healthcare provider regarding the adjustments in dosage or any other necessary precautions to prevent any unwanted side effects.
Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking any other drugs such as:
Intake of specific food or using alcohol or tobacco with this drug is associated with an increased risk of certain side effects. Your healthcare professional can give you special instructions about the use of food, alcohol, or tobacco.
Inform your Healthcare provider for any other medical problems such as:
Immune system problems
Moderate to severe acute illness
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3 Proper Usage
Proper usage of Pneumovax 23 requires strict adherence to your doctor’s orders. A trained healthcare professional will be the only one to give you or your child this vaccine. This vaccine is injected into one of the muscles or under the skin, usually in the thigh or upper arm.
Pneumovax 23 vaccine is usually given only once to each person. Additional injections are only given for special cases, because of the possibility of more frequent and more severe side effects.
4 Precautions to Take
Before using Pneumovax 23, there are some precautions you must take. Regular visits should be made to your healthcare provider to track your progress and to monitor the effectiveness of the drug. This vaccine is given only as a single dose.
Seek immediate medical if you have symptoms of anaphylaxis such as:
Swelling of the tongue and throat
after receiving the vaccine. This vaccine will not protect you or your child against all types of pneumococcal infections. This vaccine is also ineffective against an active infection.
5 Potential Side Effects
As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with Pneumovax 23. Side effects may vary for each individual and prompt medical attention should be given if they occur.
Seek advice from your healthcare professional immediately if you experience any unusual symptoms such as:
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine, the side effects will slowly disappear. Ask your healthcare professional about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.
If any of the following side effects persists or are inconvenient, or if you notice any other effects, or if you have any questions about them, consult with your health care professional. Report any side effects to the FDA hotline at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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