As with any vaccine, Prevnar may cause side effects. However, not everyone who receives the vaccine will experience side effects. In fact, most children tolerate it well, with only minor side effects (if any).
If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Some of the most common side effects include, but are not limited to:
- Decreased appetite.
(Click Prevnar Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Prevnar can potentially interact with a few medications or other vaccines (see Prevnar Drug Interactions).
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Getting It?
You should talk to a healthcare provider before your child receives this vaccine if your child is moderately to severely ill or has:
- A bleeding disorder (or is taking an anticoagulant)
- An immune-suppressing condition such as HIV or AIDS, diabetes, or cancer
- Had any sort of a reaction to any vaccine in the past
- A history of febrile seizures
- Any allergies, including allergies to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Make sure to tell the healthcare provider about all of the medicines your child takes, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Prevnar Warnings and Precautions to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)