Vaccines and Preventable Diseases:
Publications on Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine (for Adults)
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What does the PPSV shot do?
The PPSV shot protects you from getting a serious infection in your blood or brain that can cause dangerous health problems, hospitalization or death.
Who should get the PPSV shot?
- People age 65 or older
- People who have problems with their lungs, heart, liver, or kidneys
- People with health problems like diabetes, sickle cell disease, alcoholism, or HIV/AIDS
- People 19 through 64 who have asthma or smoke cigarettes
Will the PPSV shot make me sick?
The PPSV shot is very safe and does not make you sick. Some people get a little swelling and soreness where they get the shot. This usually goes away in a day or two.
When can I get the PPSV shot?
You can get the PPSV shot at any time of the year. It is available whenever you go to your doctor. Make sure you ask about it.
How many times do I have to get a PPSV shot?
Most people only need ONE shot. This protects them for a lifetime. Some people might need to get a booster shot after 5 years.
Do I have to pay for the PPSV shot?
Medicare and Medicaid pay for the PPSV shot.
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Content last reviewed on October 27, 2009
Content Source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases