Pneumococcal disease is a serious infection caused by a bacteria. Pneumococcal bacteria can infect the sinuses and inner ear. It can also infect the lungs, blood, and brain and these conditions can be fatal.

Pneumococcal polysaccharides vaccine (PPSV) is used to prevent infection caused by pneumococcal bacteria. PPSV contains 23 of the most common types of pneumococcal bacteria.

PPSV works by exposing you to a small dose of the bacteria or a protein from the bacteria, which causes your body to develop immunity to the disease. PPSV will not treat an active infection that has already developed in the body.

PPSV is for use only in adults and children who are at least 2 years old. For children younger than 2 years old, another vaccine called Prevnar (pneumococcal conjugate vaccine [PCV] 7-valent) is used, usually given between the ages of 2 months and 15 months.

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  • Pneumovax 23
  • high fever (103 degrees or higher);
    easy bruising or bleeding;
    swollen glands with skin rash or itching, joint pain, and general ill feeling;
    pale or yellowed skin, dark colored urine, confusion or weakness;
    numbness or tingly feeling in your feet and spreading upward, severe lower back pain;
    changes in behavior, problems with vision, speech, swallowing, or bladder and bowel functions; or
    slow heart rate, trouble breathing, feeling like you might pass out.
    Less serious side effects are more likely to occur, such as:

    low fever (102 degrees or less), chills, tired feeling;
    swelling, pain, tenderness, or redness anywhere on your body;
    headache, nausea, vomiting;
    joint or muscle pain;
    swelling or stiffness in the arm or leg the vaccine was injected into;
    mild skin rash; or
    mild soreness, warmth, redness, swelling, or a hard lump where the shot was given.
  • (pneumococcal vaccine polyvalent) injection, solution
  • Bacterial Infection

    Treating certain bacterial infections. It may be used in combination with other medicines to treat acne or certain amoeba infections. It may be used to prevent certain types of malaria in travelers who will be visiting malaria-infected areas for less than 4 months. It may also be used to prevent or slow the progression of anthrax after exposure. Doryx delayed-release capsules are a tetracycline antibiotic. It works by slowing the growth of bacteria. Slowing the bacteria's growth allows the body's immune system to destroy the bacteria.