e7 Health offers the Pneumococcal Vaccine

Pneumococcal Vaccine

Pneumococcal vaccine protects against Streptococcus pneumonia bacteria which are spread through direct person to person contact and through respiratory droplets through the air. Most type of this bacteria cause disease. Pneumococcal disease is the number one cause of vaccine preventable illness and death in the United States. We offer same day or next day appointments and allow you to book your appointments online!

Streptococcus pneumonia bacteria causes pneumonia, blood infection, and meningitis. Symptoms include fever, chills, shaking, chest pain, productive or phlegmy cough with rusty colored sputum, shortness of breath, weakness, poor oxygenation, headache, vomiting, and rapid breathing (tachypnea). Infections can lead to serious complications such as infections of the lung surroundings, inflammation of the covering of the heart muscle, breathing obstruction, fluid in the lungs, and abscess formation in the lungs.

Approximately 175,000 individuals are hospitalized in the United States annually with pneumococcal infection among which 5-7% will die from the disease. Groups that are at greatest risk for developing pneumococcal disease include individuals over 65 years of age, individuals with certain health issues and weakened immune systems, very young infants, and people who smoke. Since the vaccine’s release, incidence of invasive pneumococcal disease has been reduced greatly.

It is recommended that people who are at greater risk for becoming infected with Streptococcus pneumonia bacteria such as people over the age of 65 receive the vaccine. Other individuals who should receive pneumococcal vaccine include:

  • Individuals between 2 and 64 years of age with certain health conditions including immunosuppression.
  • Individuals with alcoholism.
  • Individuals between 19 and 64 years old who have asthma or who smoke.
  • Individuals who are taking medications that can interfere with the immune system.
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Recommended Vaccines

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Frequently Asked Questions

Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine protects against 13 strains of bacteria that commonly cause pneumonia, while pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine protects against 23 other strains of pneumonia-causing bacteria.

Everyone 65 years of age and older should receive 1 dose of pneumococcal conjugate and 1 dose of pneumococcal polysaccharide.  Certain people between the ages of 19 and 65 should also receive the pneumococcal polysaccharide 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.