What is Pneumococcal Vaccine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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The most common cause of pneumonia in the United States is the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae, or pneumococcus. The pneumococcal vaccine is the best way to prevent infection with pneumococcus. It does not protect against viral pneumonia.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
General health 55 15
Support immune health 31 9
Doctor recommendation 15 4
Muscle twitching (fasciculations) 2 0
Prevent infection 2 1
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 1 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 5
None 23

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Pneumococcal Vaccine

Dosage Patients Percentage
yearly 1
as needed 3
one time 1

Why patients stopped taking Pneumococcal Vaccine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Course of treatment ended 17
Other 3
Doctor's advice 2
Did not seem to work 1
See all 38 patients who've stopped taking Pneumococcal Vaccine

Duration

Currently taking Pneumococcal Vaccine

Duration Patients Percentage
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 7

Stopped taking Pneumococcal Vaccine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 25
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 1
10 years or more 9
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 25
Usually 0
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 27
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 5
< $25 13
Not specified 11

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Pneumococcal Vaccine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Prednisone (Deltasone) 1
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9 patient evaluations for Pneumococcal Vaccine

Apr 15, 2015 (Started May 15, 2001)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: One time
Advice & Tips: This was a new version with added strains of pneumonia protection which the doctor thought I needed.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 1, 2008 (Started May 15, 2001)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage:
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 16, 2010 (Started Nov 03, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for I am a high risk patient)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: Yearly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 20, 2010 (Started Oct 20, 1999)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for General health)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks
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