What are the Most Common Pneumonia Shot Reactions?

N. Madison
N. Madison

The most common pneumonia shot reactions are those that occur at the injection site. Some people, for example, experience minor swelling at the site of the injection; redness and minor soreness may develop as well. A low-grade fever and fatigue are also common reactions, and some people even experience appetite loss after having a pneumonia shot. Serious reactions to pneumonia shots are far less likely to develop, but can include high fever and extreme pain in the muscles of the arm. Likewise, allergic reactions to pneumonia vaccines are not common but can cause such symptoms as swelling of the throat, tongue or face; rapid heart beat; or difficulty breathing.

A low-grade fever of short duration is one mild reaction to the pneumonia vaccine.
A low-grade fever of short duration is one mild reaction to the pneumonia vaccine.

Most people do not develop serious adverse reactions to pneumonia vaccines. When a person does have a reaction, it is likely to be minor and temporary. For example, some of the most common pneumonia shot reactions include minor swelling or redness in the injection area. Some people may feel a little sore in the area as well. Additionally, some people may experience minor fatigue or loss of appetite after receiving the vaccine.

Fatigue is a common reaction to a pneumonia shot.
Fatigue is a common reaction to a pneumonia shot.

While fatigue, swelling, fever, and soreness are among the most common minor pneumonia shot reactions, they should not be ignored entirely. A person who experiences these reactions may do well to monitor them to make sure they do not become dramatically worse. If a person has severe pain at the injection site or in his muscles, this may be a sign of a serious reaction. Likewise, a high fever, extreme level of swelling, or severe fatigue may be a sign of a serious adverse reaction as well. When severe reactions develop, a person may do well to consult a doctor right away.

Most medical doctors believe that the benefits of common vaccines, such as the pneumonia vaccine, outweigh potential risks.
Most medical doctors believe that the benefits of common vaccines, such as the pneumonia vaccine, outweigh potential risks.

Though not likely, it is possible for a person to develop an allergic reaction to a pneumonia vaccine. In such a case, he may have severe swelling, difficulty breathing, and a more rapid heart rate than usual. He may also experience swelling of the tongue, throat or face. Unfortunately, allergic reactions to vaccines can be dangerous, and a person who suffers one may do well to seek immediate medical attention.

It is recommended that everyone over the age of 65 receive a pneumonia immunization.
It is recommended that everyone over the age of 65 receive a pneumonia immunization.

Often, people feel concerned about taking the pneumonia shot because they believe the vaccine may cause them to develop pneumonia. Fortunately, this is not the case. Pneumonia vaccines typically only use components of the bacteria that are not capable of causing infection.

Pneumonia is the No. 1 cause of death among children who live in impoverished countries.
Pneumonia is the No. 1 cause of death among children who live in impoverished countries.
Pneumonia is a type of lung infection where the lungs become inflamed.
Pneumonia is a type of lung infection where the lungs become inflamed.
N. Madison
N. Madison

Nicole’s thirst for knowledge inspired her to become a wiseGEEK writer, and she focuses primarily on topics such as homeschooling, parenting, health, science, and business. When not writing or spending time with her four children, Nicole enjoys reading, camping, and going to the beach.

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Discussion Comments

anon1002435

After 2 days I felt like I had been bitten on my arm; very itchy and big red circle around it. I forgot I had the pneumonia shot. Five days after the shot and the location of my shot looks like blisters. Is this normal?

anon1002297

My reaction was fever, extreme pain at site of injection and paralysis of my arm for two days.

anon999528

Had the pneumonia shot yesterday, and couldn't sleep last night the pain my my arm was so severe. Not able to left the arm although bending seems to be no problem. I'm going to wait another 24 hours, then call the doctor. Perhaps I should have investigated this more fully before getting the injection.

anon999331

99481--I have the same. Had some flu like symptoms for two days.

Arm is sore but the red patch and the size do concern me.

anon997177

I just had my second shot four days ago. Now I am experiencing cold symptoms.

Two years ago I had my first shot and I was sick for 5 weeks with fever and drag breathing. I was in SA at the time and later saw my three SA doctors after the symptoms alleviated.

I asked my Kaiser doctor about this first reaction and be said it was impossible as they do no use a live vaccine.

However I am now suffering from a severe cold now? So what's the story?

anon994881

Had pneumonia vaccination six days ago with no noticeable effects except a minimal soreness at site. Today, I noticed a large area of bright red coloration (oval shape, about 4 x 2 ") around the site going down my arm. I went to the doctor, and was told he'd never seen a reaction like this to a vaccination, but he gave no instructions, other than to come back immediately if it developed red streaks traveling down my arm. I am concerned about this.

anon991548

Got the shot two weeks ago and my arm is still hurting. It hurts to move around or to lie on it. Should I go back to the doctor?

anon990710

Will pneumonia shot present a rash in anyone?

Ocelot60

@heavanet- I don't think you have to worry too much, because if you do have cold symptoms after getting the shot, most likely they will be mild. If anything, you may just have to take some over-the-counter cold medicine to feel better.

If pneumonia shot reactions are really worrying you a lot, you should talk to the person who gives you the shot or your doctor about your concerns. That way you will be able to have your mind put at ease before you get the shot.

Heavanet

@ocelot60- I have never had a pneumonia shot before, but I am planning to get one this year. If I have the reactions you described, what can I do to feel better? I'm very nervous about pneumonia shot reactions so I want to be prepared.

Ocelot60

Though severe reactions to the pneumonia shot are rare, mild side effects to occur frequently. All my friends that have received this shot have had symptoms that have mimicked the common cold. Some say that this is only a coincidence and that people with this reaction had contracted colds before getting the shots, but I'm not so sure about that.

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