Pneumococcal disease is a bacterial infection caused by streptococcus pneumoniae.

There are over 90 different strains of this bacteria which can cause illnesses ranging from middle ear infections, pneumonia, and meningitis.

There are two types of vaccines for pneumococcal disease. The pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) and the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23).

The pediatric vaccines only cover 13 or 23 strains, respectively, out of the 90 different types of pneumococcal bacteria that exist.

While the PCV has reduced cases of certain types of pneumococcal disease, it has increased cases of other serotypes through strain replacement. These new serotypes are now more virulent and often resistant to antibiotics.

According to the CDC, roughly 200 children under the age of five die annually from pneumococcal disease. (1) With around 20,000,000 kids five and under in the U.S., that means your child has a 0.001% chance of dying from this illness. To say that death from pneumococcal disease is RARE is the understatement of the year.

On the flipside, in 2018 alone there were 218 serious adverse events reported to VAERS in children 6 and under, including seizures, encephalitis (swelling of the brain), and DEATH. You can read the full list of adverse reactions on the pneumococcal vaccine inserts HERE and HERE 

Some of those adverse events are listed below:

• Heart failure

• Ulcerative colitis

• Pancreatitis/myocardial infarction resulting in death

• Guillain-Barré syndrome (immune system disorder which can lead to paralysis)

• Febrile convulsion

• Anaphylaxis

• Nausea/vomiting

• Rash/Hives

• Arthritis

• Apnea following intramuscular vaccination has been observed in some infants born prematurely

• Bronchiolitis, gastroenteritis, and pneumonia 



Continued impact of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine on carriage in young children. 

Impact of 13-Valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccination on Streptococcus pneumoniae Carriage in Young Children in Massachusetts. 

Trends in asymptomatic nasopharyngeal colonization with streptococcus pneumoniae after introduction of the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine in Calgary, Canada. 

Impact of the Pneumococcal Vaccine on Long-Term Morbidity and Mortality of Adults at High Risk for Pneumonia 


Prevenar 13 Pneumococcal Vaccine Damned in Belgian Media Reports 

Shot may be inadvertently boosting superbugs 

Pneumonia Vaccine Shown to Actually Increase Bacterial Infections It Is Supposed to Prevent 


We live in a world full of bacteria. It is all around us, all over us, and impossible to live without. In fact, the newest research shows just how important beneficial bacteria can be for developing a healthy immune system. There are over 90 strains of pneumococcal bacteria and this vaccine covers less than a third of those strains. I feel like the safer, more effective option is to focus on boosting your child’s immune system in order to aid them in fighting off the streptococcus pneumoniae (along with antibiotics if needed) should it become a problem.



“In 2008, At 12 months old, my son was due for several vaccinations at his well visit. I was nervous about doing so many at one time, and after a long discussion with the pediatrician, we decided on doing Prevnar only. Within 48 hours he developed a rash, which I dismissed as heat rash. My mother thought it looked odd though, so when it didn’t clear after a day or so, I took him in. He was immediately diagnosed with ITP (immune thrombocytopenia), and was hospitalized for two days, and received a platelet transfusion. He was just learning to walk, and his blood count was so low, if he had fallen and bumped his head, he may have bled to death, according to the doctor. He fully recovered, thankfully, but the disturbing part was that the doctor refused to acknowledge that his reaction was vaccine-related. After we returned from the hospital I checked the information sheet we received, and ITP was even listed as a potential side effect. I then showed it to the pediatrician who STILL refused to acknowledge. I asked that it be reported so other parents would know what to look for, and he said I was being foolish and refused to report it. I reported to VAERS myself, but it left a sour taste, to see whose side our pediatrician was on, and whose best interest he was protecting.”

– Mother wishes to remain anonymous