The Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (cont.)
In this Article
- What is Pneumococcal Disease?
- What is the Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV)?
- Who Should Get PCV and When?
- Some Children Should Not Get PCV or Should Wait.
- What Are the Risks from PCV?
- What if there is a severe reaction?
- What is the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program?
- How Can I Learn More?
What if There is a Severe Reaction?
What Should I Look For?
Any unusual condition, such as a high fever or behavior changes. Signs of a severe allergic reaction can include diffi culty breathing, hoarseness or wheezing, hives, paleness, weak- ness, a fast heart beat or dizziness.
What Should I Do?
- Call a doctor, or get the person to a doctor right away.
- Tell the doctor what happened, the date and time it happened, and when the vaccination was given.
- Ask your provider to report the reaction by filing a Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) form. Or you can file this report through the VAERS website at www.vaers.hhs.gov, or by calling 1-800-822-7967.
What is the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program?
A federal program exists to help pay for the care of anyone who has a serious reaction to a vaccine.
For more information about the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, call 1-800-338-2382 or visit their website at www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation.
How Can I Learn More?
- Ask your provider. They can give you the vaccine package insert or suggest other sources of information.
- Call your local or state health department.
- Contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Call 1-800-232-4636 (1-800-CDC-INFO) or
- Visit CDC's website at www.cdc.gov/vaccines.
Department of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control
Last Editorial Review: 11/17/2009 3:50:00 PM
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