The PPSV shot protects you from getting a serious infection in your blood or brain that can cause dangerous health problems, hospitalization or death.
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.
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.
Most people only need ONE shot. This protects them for a lifetime. Some people might need to get a booster shot after 5 years.
Medicare and Medicaid pay for the PPSV shot.
(National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, 10/27/09)