"Pneumococcal pneumonia, caused when the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae infects the lungs, is the most common disease caused by this bacterium in adults. When the bacterium invades parts of the body that are normally free from germs, such as t"...
The health care provider should inform the patient, parent or guardian of the benefits and risks associated with vaccination. For risks associated with vaccination, see WARNINGS, PRECAUTIONS, and ADVERSE REACTIONS. Patients, parents, or guardians should be told that vaccination with PNEUMOVAX 23 may not offer 100% protection from pneumococcal infection.
Patients, parents and guardians should be instructed to report any serious adverse reactions to their health care provider who in turn should report such events to the vaccine manufacturer or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), 1-800-822-7967.37
Last reviewed on RxList: 12/7/2010
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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