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 56 15
Support immune health 32 10
Doctor recommendation 16 6
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
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 6
None 24

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Pneumococcal Vaccine

Side effect Patients
Localized muscle ache 2
Soreness in arm the next day 2
Fever 1
Injection site lumps and bumps 1
Injection site pain 1
Injection site soreness 1

Show all 10 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Pneumococcal Vaccine

Dosage Patients
yearly 1
as needed 5
one time 1

Why patients stopped taking Pneumococcal Vaccine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 9
Other 3
Did not seem to work 1
Doctor's advice 1
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Duration

Currently taking Pneumococcal Vaccine

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Pneumococcal Vaccine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 26
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 1
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 27
Usually 0
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 2
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 28
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 5
< $25 14
Not specified 12
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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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