Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccines are effective against pneumonia as well as meningitis and sepsis. Pneumococcal disease refers to any illness caused by pneumococcal bacteria. These bacteria can cause many types of illnesses, including pneumonia, meningitis, blood infections, and Sepsis.
Dependence on antibiotics that are not effective against drug-resistant bacteria can be reduced. Pathogen gets lesser time to evolve with vaccination as the body is ready to fight off the infection and also because vaccines target many structures of the pathogen, while antimicrobial drugs target one specific part of the pathogen so that just one mutation can result in resistance. Therefore, Vaccines present reduces our dependence on the antibiotics.
Side effects of PCV include Redness, swelling, pain, or tenderness where the shot is given, and fever, loss of appetite, fussiness (irritability), feeling tired, headache, and chills.