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Pneumococcal 13 Valent Vaccine, Diphtheria Conjugate

Canadian Brand Names

Side Effects

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

More common

  • Fever


  • Chest pain
  • Chills
  • Coughing, wheezing, or shortness of breath
  • Difficult or labored breathing
  • Difficulty with swallowing
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Noisy breathing
  • Seizures
  • Shortness of breath
  • Skin itching, rash, or redness
  • Sneezing
  • Sore throat
  • Swelling of the face, throat, or tongue
  • Tightness in the chest

Incidence not known

  • Bladder pain
  • Blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
  • Bloody or cloudy urine
  • Bluish lips or skin
  • Body aches or pain
  • Choking
  • Confusion
  • Decreased urine output
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficult, burning, or painful urination
  • Dilated neck veins
  • Ear congestion
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Fainting
  • Frequent urge to urinate
  • General feeling of discomfort or illness
  • Headache
  • Hives
  • Irregular breathing
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Itching
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
  • Lightheadedness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Loss of voice
  • Lower back or side pain
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Nasal congestion
  • Nausea
  • Not breathing
  • Puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • Rapid, shallow breathing
  • Red, irritated eyes
  • Runny nose
  • Shivering
  • Sore throat
  • Sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
  • Sweating
  • Swelling of the face, fingers, feet, or lower legs
  • Swollen, painful, or tender lymph glands in the neck, armpit, or groin
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Troubled breathing
  • Unusual tiredness or weakness
  • Vomiting
  • Weight gain

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

  • Decreased appetite
  • Decreased sleep
  • Irritability
  • Red streaks on the skin
  • Swelling, tenderness, or pain at the injection site


  • Abdominal or stomach pain
  • Crying
  • Hives or welts
  • Weakness

Incidence not known

  • Bleeding, blistering, burning, coldness, discoloration of the skin, feeling of pressure, hives, infection, inflammation, itching, lumps, numbness, rash, redness, scarring, soreness, stinging, tingling, ulceration, or warmth at the injection site
  • Burning, dry, or itching eyes
  • Eye discharge or excessive tearing
  • Pain
  • Stomach cramps
  • Tenderness

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Before Using

In deciding to use a vaccine, the risks of taking the vaccine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For this vaccine, the following should be considered:


Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to this medicine or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.


The pneumococcal 13-valent diphtheria conjugate vaccine is generally well-tolerated and effective in infants. The safety and effectiveness in infants younger than 6 weeks of age and in children older than 6 years of age have not been established.


Appropriate studies have not been performed on the relationship of age to the effects of pneumococcal 13-valent diphtheria conjugate vaccine in the geriatric population. Safety and efficacy have not been established.


Pregnancy Category Explanation
All Trimesters C Animal studies have shown an adverse effect and there are no adequate studies in pregnant women OR no animal studies have been conducted and there are no adequate studies in pregnant women.


There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.

Drug Interactions

Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine.

Other Interactions

Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.

Other Medical Problems

The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of this vaccine. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:

  • Apnea in premature babies (breathing stops for short periods)—Use with caution. May make this condition worse.
  • Immune system problems (e.g., cancer, HIV, spleen problems)—This vaccine may not work as well in patients with a weak immune system.


Pneumococcal 13-valent diphtheria conjugate vaccine is an active immunizing agent used to prevent infection by pneumococcal bacteria. It works by causing your body to produce its own protection (antibodies) against the disease.

Pneumococcal infection can cause serious problems, such as pneumonia, which affects the lungs; meningitis, which affects the brain; and bacteremia, which is a severe infection in the blood. Pneumococcal infection is also an important cause of ear infections in children.

Unless otherwise contraindicated, immunization (vaccination) against pneumococcal disease is recommended for infants and young children 6 weeks to 5 years of age (prior to the 6th birthday).

Immunization requires 1 to 4 doses of the vaccine, depending on the age at the first dose. This vaccine can be given at the same time as other routine vaccinations.

This vaccine is to be administered only by or under the supervision of your doctor.