Pneumococcal Vaccine – Types, Dosing And Schedule - Immunization
Last Updated : 2/29/2016
Sayenna Uduman
Precautions and Contraindications
Before administering, vaccination-providers should consult the package insert for precautions, warnings, and contraindications. With PCV (the vaccine recommended for young children) and PPSV (the vaccine for adults and older children), the risk of serious harm is extremely small. Vaccination is contraindicated in persons known to have a severe allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) to any component of PCV & PPSV23.
The most commonly reported adverse reactions are local reactions of injection site, pain, redness, or swelling in addition to irritability, decreased appetite, or impaired sleep. Fever may occur within the first 1 to 2 days after injections, particularly after use of conjugate vaccine. Other systemic reactions include fatigue, headache, chills, decreased appetite, and generalized muscle pain. Adverse events occurring after administration of any vaccine should be reported to the hospital Infection Control & Prevention officer. Reporting adverse event following immunization (AEFI) is a critical component of immunization program and this is still at embryonic & evolving stage in India.


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Sayenna Uduman
Sayenna A Uduman MD, FAAP
Visiting Professor, Infection Control Committee & ID Division of the KIMS
Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

First Created : 1/10/2006
Last Updated : 2/29/2016


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