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Pneumonia, strains of pneumococcus, prescribed pneumovax vaccine. Treatment?

My mother, who is in 101st year, is residing at a nursing home in Quebec. I have had a request from the "home" to give my consent to have her receive the Pneumovax vaccine. They say is helps protects against 23 of the most common strains of pneumococcus and is usually a once in a lifetime vaccination. My mother had pneumonia this past January, and we nearly lost her. What are the potential side effects of this vaccine, and does it also cover the flu vaccine?
Asked On : Sat, 12 Oct 2013
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Oct 2013
hello dear
thanks for your query at HCM
PNEUMOVAX 23 is a vaccine that is given as a shot. It helps protect you from infection by certain germs or bacteria which are called pneumococcus . PNEUMOVAX 23 is for people 50 years of age and older. It is also for people who are 2 years of age and older if they have certain medical conditions that put them at increased risk for infection.
Illnesses or health problems may allow these germs to spread into the blood, lungs, or brain where they can cause serious diseases such as:
1 An infection in the blood
2 A lung infection (pneumonia) that can also come with an infection in the blood
3 An infection of the coverings of the brain and spinal cord (meningitis).

PNEUMOVAX 23 may not protect everyone who gets it. It will not protect against diseases that are caused by bacteria types that are not in the vaccine.

The most common side effects are:
pain, warmth, soreness, redness, swelling, and hardening at the injection site
headache
weakness, feeling tired
muscle pain

Tell your health care provider or get emergency help right away if you have any of the following problems because these may be signs of an allergic reaction:
difficulty breathing
wheezing
rash
hives.
hope this will help you regards
Answered: Sat, 12 Oct 2013
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