Palm Harbor Pharmacy Offers the Pneumonia Shot

Getting your Pneumonia shot this year is an additional vaccination available to protect yourself and your family. And now, Palm Harbor Pharmacy is offering the pneumonia shot to all our customers. 

We want this year to be healthy and happy. One way to help accomplish that goal is by providing the vaccines that are so desperately needed to all our Palm Harbor neighbors.

Do your part in helping free up the health care system year with a Pneumonia shot at Palm Harbor Pharmacy.

What is Pneumonia?

Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that affects all ages. With pneumonia, the lungs become filled with fluid or pus resulting in inflammation. Often pneumonia is mistaken as the flu, as the symptoms are similar.

Viruses, bacteria, and fungi cause pneumonia; influenza and RSV are the more common causes. It can cause minor or severe illness and can even lead to death. And the best defense against pneumonia is vaccination.

About the Pneumonia Shot

Pneumonia shots are more critical than ever this year. The Center for Disease Control recommends pneumonia shots to reduce your risk of serious illness, including hospitalization. 

Also, if you are getting the flu shot or COVID-19 vaccination, you can take them simultaneously.

The two vaccines protect against different types of infection.

  • PCV13 protects people from 13 of the most severe types of bacteria that cause pneumonia.
  • PPSV23 protects against another 23 types of pneumonia bacteria.

It is important to note that neither shot can prevent every type of pneumonia out there. But they work against more than 30 common types. Those needing the vaccine should get both the PV13 first and the PPSV23 a year later.

And here is the good news. One of each shot should be enough to protect most people for a lifetime. Sometimes, you may need a booster shot as per advice from your doctor.

Common Side Effects of the Pneumonia Shot

Once you have received the Pneumonia shot, patients can experience mild side effects. You cannot get pneumonia from the vaccine. These shots only contain extracts of the bacteria, not the illness-causing bacteria that make people sick. 

These are the body’s normal reactions to building your protection against pneumonia. Most of these side effects will subside in a day or two.

  • Redness at the injection site
  • Muscle pain
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Mild fever
  • Loss of appetite

These side effects are rare, in any case. Should you experience any side effects, talk to a Palm Harbor Pharmacist or your doctor about over-the-counter medications for pain and discomfort.

Booking Your Pneumonia Shot Appointment

Palm Harbor Pharmacy makes it easy for patients to book an appointment. It takes up to three weeks for your body to build immunity after getting the shot. Therefore, our pharmacists recommend scheduling your shot early in the fall before flu season begins.

For convenient scheduling, contact the friendly pharmacy team at Palm Harbor Pharmacy or simply click here.

Palm Harbor Pharmacy: Promoting Health and Wellness with the Pneumonia Shot

At Palm Harbor Pharmacy, we are proud to be enhancing our health and wellness efforts by offering pneumonia shots to those eligible. 

Palm Harbor Pharmacy wishes you and your family health and wellness.

* State, age, and health-related restrictions may apply.