Frequently Asked Questions
Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine now protects against 13, 15, or 20 strains of bacteria that commonly cause pneumonia, while pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine protects against 23 other strains of pneumonia-causing bacteria. The appropriate pneumococcal conjugate and/or polysaccharide vaccine will be determined by your provider.
Everyone 65 years of age and older should receive 1 dose of pneumococcal conjugate and/or 1 dose of pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine. Certain people between the ages of 19-64 should also receive a pneumococcal vaccine.
Yes! It is an inactivated vaccine, so receiving it at the same time as other vaccines will not increase your risk for side effects.
There is insufficient human data as far as the risks associated with receiving the pneumococcal vaccine during pregnancy.
Possible side effects of the pneumonia vaccine are generally mild and usually are limited to local reactions and a low grade fever that goes away in a few days.
The pneumonia vaccine is good for life after receiving the appropriate amount doses, which varies per person.