What are the side effects of the 13PCV vaccine?
Very common side effects
- About 70 per cent of children who get the 13PCV vaccine are irritable (cranky or unsettled) for a day or two afterwards.
- About 60 per cent are drowsy or sleep more for a day or two afterwards.
- About 50 per cent of children who get the 13PCV vaccine get a sore, red spot at the injection site.
- About 39 per cent don't eat as well in the days after getting the vaccine.
- About 37 per cent get a fever and about 5 per cent get a fever higher than 39 degrees in the day or two afterwards.
- About 33 per cent will get a hard, red lump at the injection site that lasts a few days or weeks.
What are the symptoms of pneumococcal disease?
- Pneumococcal disease is caused by pneumococcus bacteria (germs) and it can affect a number of different parts of the body.
- About 28 to 55 per cent of acute otitis media (middle-ear infection or ear-ache) is caused by pneumococcus.
Less common symptoms
- Pneumococcus can cause meningitis (brain infection) and pneumonia (lung infection).
- About 33 to 50 per cent of the people who are treated for pneumonia in hospital have pneumococcus.
- About 3 per cent of people who get pneumococcal-meningitis die.
REFERENCES / How vaccination has impacted the prevalence of pneumococcal disease
Updated with data from NNDSS Annual Report Writing Group. Australia’s Notifiable Disease Status, 2010: Annual Report of the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System. Communicable Diseases Intelligence Volume 36 March 2012: 36:1-69.