Pneumococcal disease is caused by a type of bacteria. Untreated, pneumococcal disease can lead to pneumonia, meningitis and blood infections (bacteremia). Individuals at greater risk for developing pneumococcal disease include the very young, people over age 65, smokers and people with weakened immune systems or certain health problems including: heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes.
Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV) protects against 23 types of pneumococcal bacteria. Usually only one dose of PPSV is needed. However, a second dose is recommended for people 65 and older who received their first dose prior to age 65, and for individuals who are younger than 65 but have weakened immune systems. If necessary, the second dose is repeated 5 years after the first dose. Mild side effects such as fever, or pain and redness at the injection site may occur after the vaccination.
Dr. Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician located in Tampa, Florida provides this vaccine to her patients. Self – pay pricing is competitive with the national pharmacy chains. However, insurance or Medicare will often cover all or a portion of the cost. Please contact the office at (813) 902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.