GET TO KNOW PNEUMOVAX 23

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends one shot of PNEUMOVAX 23 for:

  • all adults 65+, even if you already had a different pneumococcal vaccine.
  • those 19-64 years old who have certain chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, or COPD.*

*COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

PNEUMOVAX 23 is a vaccine that is given as a shot. It can help protect against pneumococcal disease, which in some cases, can include serious illness.

PNEUMOVAX®23 (Pneumococcal Vaccine Polyvalent) Is Recommended By the CDC for Adults at Greater Risk for Pneumococcal Disease

PNEUMOVAX 23 is recommended by the CDC for adults at greater risk for pneumococcal disease.

PNEUMOVAX®23 (Pneumococcal Vaccine Polyvalent) Helps Protect Against 23 Types of Pneumococcal Bacteria

PNEUMOVAX 23 helps protect against 23 types of pneumococcal bacteria, some of which are common and often cause serious illness.

PNEUMOVAX®23 (Pneumococcal Vaccine Polyvalent) Has Been Shown to Reduce the Risk for Pneumococcal Disease in Adults

PNEUMOVAX 23 has been shown to reduce the risk for pneumococcal disease in adults.

PNEUMOVAX®23 (Pneumococcal Vaccine Polyvalent) May Not Protect Everyone Who Gets It. It Will Not Protect Against Diseases That Are Caused By Bacteria Types That Are Not in the Vaccine

PNEUMOVAX 23 may not protect everyone who gets it. It will not protect against diseases that are caused by bacteria types that are not in the vaccine.

You should not get PNEUMOVAX 23 if you are allergic to any of its ingredients, had an allergic reaction to PNEUMOVAX 23 in the past, or are less than 2 years of age.

Ask Your Health Care Provider if PNEUMOVAX®23 (Pneumococcal Vaccine Polyvalent) Is Right for You

ASK YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER IF PNEUMOVAX 23 IS RIGHT FOR YOU

Take the next step and speak with your health care provider. See our list of questions that can help with that conversation.

See our list of questions that can help with that conversation.


 

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Pharmacies listed are located within the range provided and should not be considered an endorsement of the locations.

Site intended for U.S. adults only. Please contact the pharmacy to determine vaccine availability and pharmacy's ability to administer vaccine in your particular situation. You may also want to discuss your insurance information in advance to verify coverage. The information provided here is not intended to replace medical advice from a health care practitioner. Inclusion of a pharmacy is not a representation or guarantee that you will have insurance coverage for the product when administered at pharmacy. The choice of pharmacy also may affect your out-of-pocket costs. You should confirm your insurance coverage for PNEUMOVAX 23 and its administration prior to vaccination.

These are not all the locations that may administer PNEUMOVAX 23. If a location you are looking for is not listed, please contact the location to see if it is administering the vaccine.

The Find a Pharmacy feature is provided for informational purposes only and is based on information provided by pharmacies that have opted in and have agreed to include their information. Merck is not affiliated with any pharmacy and does not support the use of any particular pharmacy. One pharmacy is not preferred over the others. Merck does not make any warranty as to the features and support offered by any particular pharmacy. The inclusion of a pharmacy is not an endorsement of the location, nor is Merck making a representation or guarantee about the qualifications, competence or skills of the vaccine providers.

 

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Important Safety Information

PNEUMOVAX 23 may not protect everyone who gets it. It will not protect against diseases that are caused by bacteria types that are not in the vaccine.

You should not get PNEUMOVAX 23 if you are allergic to any of its ingredients, had an allergic reaction to PNEUMOVAX 23 in the past, or are less than 2 years of age.

Before getting PNEUMOVAX 23, tell your health care provider if you or your child are allergic to the vaccine, have heart or lung problems, have a fever, have immune problems, or are receiving radiation treatment or chemotherapy, are pregnant or breastfeeding.

PNEUMOVAX 23 may not prevent pneumococcal meningitis in patients with leakage of spinal fluid caused by a cracked or injured skull or a medical operation.

Talk to your health care provider if you plan to get PNEUMOVAX 23 at the same time as other vaccines.

The most common side effects of PNEUMOVAX 23 are: pain, warmth, soreness, redness, swelling, and hardening at the injection site, headache, weakness and feeling tired, and muscle pain. Tell your health care provider or get help right away if you have any of the following problems, which may be signs of an allergic reaction: difficulty breathing, wheezing, rash, hives.

Side effects at the site where you get the shot may be more common and may feel worse after a second shot than after the first shot. Tell your health care provider if you or your child has a side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please read the accompanying Patient Information for PNEUMOVAX 23 and discuss it with your health care provider. The physician Prescribing Information also is available.