What Are the Common Side Effects of Pneumovax 23?

Pneumovax 23 (Pneumococcal Vaccine Polyvalent) is a vaccine that helps protect against serious infection, such as ear infection, sinus infection, pneumonia, blood infection (bacteremia), and meningitis (infection of the covering of the brain) due to the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae. Pneumovax 23 vaccine is important for preventing infection in individuals at risk, including those with heart disease, lung disease, liver disease, kidney disease, diabetes, alcoholism, cirrhosis, spleen problems, sickle cell anemia, HIV, certain cancers, adults over 65 years of age.

According to RxList, common side effects of Pneumovax 23 include:

  • injection site reactions (pain, soreness, warmth, redness, swelling, tenderness, hard lump),
  • muscle or joint aches or pain,
  • fever,
  • chills,
  • headache,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • stiffness of the arm or the leg where the vaccine was injected,
  • weakness,
  • fatigue,
  • skin rash.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.