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Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Injuries

What are Risks of a Prevnar 13 (PCV13) Vaccine?

The pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) is an intramuscular injection to prevent infection by Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria. Infection by this bacteria can cause pneumococcal disease, leading to severe illnesses, including ear infections, blood infections, and meningitis. The PCV13 vaccine protects against 13 of the 90 strains of pneumococcal bacteria known to exist. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these vaccines have helped individuals in the following situations:

  • 75 in 100 adults who are 65 years of age or older have been protected from pneumococcal disease by the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine
  • 8 in 10 babies have been protected from serious infections called “invasive pneumococcal disease” from the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine
  • 45 in 100 adults have been protected from pneumococcal pneumonia from the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine
  • 1 dose of pneumococcal polysaccharide has protected 50 to 85 in 100 adults against invasive pneumococcal disease

Who Should Receive a Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine?

Previous vaccines could not be given to children under 2 years of age. This posed a serious problem, as young children are at the greatest risk for pneumococcal bacterial infections. In 2000, the FDA approved PCV as safe for children under 2 years old. The current version, PCV13, was granted approval for all children in 2010.

PCV13 is routinely given to children at 2, 4, 6, and 12–15 months of age. Most states require proof that a child has received the vaccine before they can enter daycare or school. Older children and adults who have weakened immune systems from another illness or disease are also recommended to receive the vaccine. Each year in the U.S., more than 6,000 deaths are attributed to pneumococcal infections.

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Who should not be able to get these vaccines?

Some people should not get these vaccines since they can be a more significant hindrance than help. It can be due to age, a medical condition, or other concerns. Children under the age of 2 should not get the PPSV23 vaccine. You should also avoid the vaccine if your child has previously had an allergic reaction to the vaccine or has life-threatening allergies. Additionally, adults and children with the following issues should avoid the vaccine and inform medical staff:

  • If you have had a severe allergic reaction to this or other vaccines
  • If your child has a mild illness like a cold
  • Had a severe allergic reaction to diphtheria toxoid
  • Had an allergic reaction to any type of PCV, including PCV7, PCV13, PCV15 or PCV20
  • Anyone with a severe illness

Discuss your current state with your vaccine provider. You will also have to fill out intake paperwork. This will ask questions about any pre-existing conditions and how you currently feel. Depending on your answers, you may have to reschedule your vaccine appointment or look for an alternative.

Types of pneumococcal vaccines

United States medical experts recommend three pneumococcal vaccines, including PCV15, PCV20, and PPSV23. Prevnar 20 (PCV20) is for children ages 2,4, 6, 12, and 15 months old. Children of older ages can also get this vaccine if needed. Adults 65 and over should also be vaccinated with this version. As the name suggests, it protects against 20 different pneumococcal bacteria. The same goes for vaxneuvance (PCV15), with the main difference being it protects against 15 types of pneumococcal bacteria.

Lastly, pneumovax23 is given to children between the ages of two and 18 with special conditions. Adults who previously took the PCV13 vaccine should also get this vaccine, as well as those who have received the PCV15 vaccine. This vaccine intends to protect against severe infections from 23 types of pneumococcal bacteria.

Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine Side Effects

Most individuals experience mild side effects, if any, after receiving the PCV13 vaccine. If an individual does experience side effects of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine they usually include:

  • Shoulder Injury
  • Drowsiness or fatigue
  • Loss of appetite
  • Redness and / or tenderness at the injection site
  • Mild fever
  • Headaches and chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Fussiness

Although rare, serious side effects can occur, including severe allergic reactions that can lead to death. These side effects and reactions can include:

  • High fever
  • Febrile seizures (convulsions caused by a fever)
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of the face and throat
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Dizziness or weakness
  • Hives
  • Hoarseness or wheezing
  • Stevens-Johnson syndrome
  • Peritonitis
  • Septic shock
  • Anaphylactic shock
  • Pulmonary infection
  • Asthma
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Shoulder injury related to vaccine administration (SIRVA)

Experiencing Shoulder Pain?

Did you know that any type of vaccination could cause intense shoulder pain? If you were recently vaccinated and you are now experiencing upper arm pain or long-term swelling at the site of the injection, you may be entitled to monetary compensation.

The same goes for individuals whose vaccinations resulted in lumps or nodules at the site of injection, injuries to the nerve at the site of injection, i.e. rotator cuff injury, frozen shoulder, or brachial neuritis. Complications from vaccination that last upwards of six (6) months and / or result in the need for surgical procedure are cause for legal action.

Is it normal to get sick after a pneumonia shot?

Some common reactions from the PCV13 and PPSV23 vaccine include redness and pain on the injection site. You may also experience swelling at the injection site. Some people will experience a limited range of motion in the injected arm. In other instances, you can also suffer from headaches, chills, tiredness, and lower appetite. It may feel like the flu for some patients. However, more severe side effects should be treated by a medical professional. Adverse side effects may be a sign of a more severe problem. If you have an adverse side effect, you should speak to Jeffrey S. Pop & Associates to discuss your legal options.

Why is PCV13 no longer recommended?

The vaccine is still available for specific situations and must be discussed as shared clinical decision-making. In 2019, ACIP voted not to recommend the vaccine for adults 65 and older. However, if the person has an immunocompromising condition or cochlear implant, they are encouraged to get this vaccine. This decision is based on data collected over the years indicating mental changes in the PCV13 vaccine preventing the disease in adults over 65.

Is the PCV13 vaccine necessary for babies?

The vaccine is recommended for children and babies. Annually, thousands of cases of ear infections and pneumonia are reported. This is with vaccines. It is estimated the number would be much higher without the vaccines. Children under 2 have a higher chance of contracting the infection and should, therefore, consider the vaccine. Parents need to monitor their children and look for adverse reactions. If your child suffers a severe reaction, you should seek medical help and speak to a national vaccine reaction attorney.

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Navigating Pneumococcal Vaccine Complications: Symptoms, Duration, and Treatment.

If you suffer an adverse reaction, you should seek medical attention immediately. While rare, a fever over 102.2 degrees is cause for concern after a vaccine. Adults can try at-home care by taking over-the-counter pain medications like Tylenol, Motrin, Advil, and Aleve. Follow the instructions on the medical packaging. You can also try over-the-counter medicines if your children suffer side effects. If the vaccine area is sore, use an ice pack for 20 minutes. Ensure you place a thin cloth between the area and the ice pack. Call 911 if you have:

  • Severe belly pain, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Trouble breathing
  • A seizure
  • Hives
  • Swelling in your throat, lips, tongue, or mouth

Call your doctor if you have itching, swelling, hives, mild nausea or belly pain, and high fevers. These are signs of a severe reaction. You should also speak to the national vaccine reaction attorney Jeffrey S. Pop & Associates.

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The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program was created by Congress to assist individuals and families who have suffered a serious injury as a result of a vaccine. This program awards compensation to injured individuals or their estates in the event of their death. The program also includes funds to cover attorney fees.

At Jeffrey S. Pop & Associates, our experienced PCV13 vaccine injury lawyers have helped hundreds of clients nationwide receive compensation for the serious side effects they have suffered as a result of a vaccination. We offer client-focused, individualized attention to better understand your personal needs.

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Attorney Jeff S. PopJeffrey S. Pop went to the University of Southern California for his undergraduate and attended California Western SOL to complete his law degree. He was admitted to practice in 1972. He is licensed to practice in the California Superior Courts, United States Supreme Court, All District Courts in California, and many more. Jeffrey S. Pop practices vaccine law, personal injury law, civil litigation matters, and many more.


*Success rate does not include the infrequent filing to protect statute of limitation time limit where cases are not completely investigated.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine or its improper administration, contact our vaccine injury lawyer to begin your complimentary case evaluationWe are available to speak with you by phone or email, and can even travel to you.

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of first symptoms. In the event of a vaccine‑related death, a claim must be filed no later than 2 years from the date of death. Your inquiry will be responded to by our team within 24 business hours.

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