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What are the risks of getting a pneumonia vaccine?

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You cannot get pneumonia from the vaccine. The shots only contain an extract of the pneumonia bacteria, not the actual bacteria that cause the illness.

However, some people have mild side effects from the vaccine, including:

Fewer than 1% of people who get the pneumonia vaccine have these types of side effects. Allergic reactions are even rarer.

  • Swelling, soreness, or redness where you got the shot
  • Mild fever
  • Fussiness or irritability
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sore muscles

From: Do I Need a Pneumonia Vaccine? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Pneumonia.”

CDC: “Pneumococcal disease.” “Pneumonia can be prevented -- vaccines can help.” “Contraindications and precautions to commonly used vaccines in adults.”  “Influenza (Flu).” “Pneumococcal vaccination: Who needs it?”

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases: “Facts about pneumococcal disease for adults.”

Illinois Department of Public Health: “Pneumococcal disease.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on December 11, 2016

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Pneumonia.”

CDC: “Pneumococcal disease.” “Pneumonia can be prevented -- vaccines can help.” “Contraindications and precautions to commonly used vaccines in adults.”  “Influenza (Flu).” “Pneumococcal vaccination: Who needs it?”

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases: “Facts about pneumococcal disease for adults.”

Illinois Department of Public Health: “Pneumococcal disease.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on December 11, 2016

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