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Pneumonia vaccinations

Pneumonia vaccinations are offered at the surgery to eligible patients.

Eligibility

There are four groups of people who are advised to get vaccinated against pneumococcal infections:

  • babies
  • people aged 65 and over
  • anyone from the ages of 2 to 64 with a health condition that increases their risk of pneumococcal infection
  • anyone at occupational risk, such as welders

 

Babies and the pneumococcal vaccine 

Babies are routinely vaccinated with a type of pneumococcal vaccine known as the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) as part of their childhood vaccination programme.

Babies born on or after 1 January 2020 have 2 injections, which are usually given at:

  • 12 weeks old
  • 1 year old

Babies born before this date will continue to be offered 3 doses: at 8 and 16 weeks and a booster at 1 year.

 

Adults aged 65 or over and the pneumococcal vaccine

If you’re 65 or over, you should be offered a type of pneumococcal vaccine known as the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPV).  This one-off vaccination is very effective at protecting you against serious forms of pneumococcal infection.

 

People with health problems and the pneumococcal vaccine

The PPV vaccine is available on the NHS for children and adults aged from 2 to 64 years old who are at a higher risk of developing a pneumococcal infection than the general population.  This is generally the same people who are eligible for annual flu vaccination.  You’re considered to be at a higher risk of a pneumococcal infection if you have:

 

Welders and metal workers and the pneumococcal vaccine 

Some people with an occupational risk are advised to have the pneumococcal vaccine, including those who work with metal fumes, such as welders.

 

Booster doses of pneumococcal vaccine

If you’re at increased risk of a pneumococcal infection, you’ll be given a single dose of the PPV vaccine, but if your spleen does not work properly or you have a chronic kidney condition, you may need booster doses of PPV every 5 years.  This is because your levels of antibodies against the infection decrease over time.  You will be advised on whether you’ll need a booster dose.

 

What to do if you miss a dose of pneumococcal vaccine

If you or your child has missed a routine dose of pneumococcal vaccine, contact the surgery about when you can complete the course.

 

Please note that you should not have a pneumonia vaccination in the week before you have a vaccination against covid-19.