Pneumococcal Vaccination Service

The Pneumococcal Vaccine is available for both men and women aged between 18-65, and provides protection against the 23 most common strains of pneumonia.

Our private vaccine service provides peace of mind at a cost of £30.00 for a single dose of vaccine. In most cases you only require a single dose to provide a lifelong protection.

If you meet the following criteria, your GP Surgery can provide the vaccine

Who should have the Pneumococcal Vaccine?

There are 4 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

Pneumococcal Vaccine Overview

The Pneumococcal Vaccine protects against serious and potentially fatal pneumococcal infections. It’s also known as the pneumonia vaccine. Pneumococcal infections are caused by the bacterium Streptococcus Pneumoniae and can lead to pneumonia, blood poisoning (sepsis) and meningitis. At their worst, they can lead to permanent brain damage, or even kill.

How the Pneumococcal Vaccine Works

Both types of pneumococcal vaccine encourage your body to produce antibodies against pneumococcal bacteria.

Antibodies are proteins produced by the body to neutralise or destroy disease carrying organisms and toxins. They protect you from becoming ill if you’re infected with the bacteria.

More than 90 different strains of the pneumococcal bacterium have been identified, although most of these strains do no cause serious infection.

The childhood vaccine (PCV) protects against 13 strains of the pneumococcal bacterium, while the adult vaccine (PPV) protects against 23 strains.

Effectiveness of the Pneumococcal Vaccine

Children respond very well to the Pneumococcal vaccine.

The introduction of this vaccine into the NHS childhood vaccination schedule has resulted in a large reduction in Pneumococcal disease.

The Pneumococcal vaccine given to older children and adults is thought to be around 50% to 70% effective at preventing Pneumococcal disease.

Both types of Pneumococcal vaccine are inactivated or ‘killed’ vaccines and do not contain any live organisms. They cannot cause the infections they protect against.

Who should not have the Pneumococcal vaccine?

Occasionally, you or your child may need to delay having the Pneumococcal vaccine or completely avoid it.

Vaccine Allergy

Tell your GP if you or your child has had a bad reaction to any vaccination in the past.

If there’s been a confirmed severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to the Pneumococcal Vaccine or any ingredient in the vaccine, it may not be possible for you to have it.

But if it was only a mild reaction, such as a rash, it’s generally safe to have the vaccine.

Information from the NHS Website as at 14/04/2022.
Information from the NHS website is licensed under the Open Government Licence v3.0.

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