What you should know about side effects.
Pfizer is committed to consistently monitoring the safety of Prevnar 13® (Pneumococcal 13-valent Conjugate Vaccine [Diphtheria CRM197 Protein]). In clinical studies, Prevnar 13® was given to more than 5,000 adults 50 and older. Prevnar 13® does not contain a live virus or bacteria. It contains the same protein that has been a building block of vaccines for more than 20 years.
Some patients have experienced side effects. But they are generally mild.
Because Prevnar 13® is given by injection, the common side effects reported in clinical trials were injection site reactions.
- Redness, swelling, or pain at the injection site
- Limitation of arm movement
Or the following systemic side effects.
- Muscle pain
- Joint pain
- Decreased appetite
Prevnar 13® should not be given to anyone with a severe allergic reaction to any component of Prevnar 13® or any diphtheria toxoid–containing vaccine.
If you experience any side effects related to the vaccination, you should report them to your health care provider. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of vaccines to the FDA and Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Visit http://vaers.hhs.gov or call
Get the facts about pneumococcal pneumonia and Prevnar 13®
Talk to your doctor about the Prevnar 13® vaccine.
Even if you're as young as 50, it makes sense to take steps to prevent pneumococcal pneumonia. Ask your doctor whether vaccination is right for you.