Pneumococcal infections are caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae and can lead to pneumonia, septicaemia (a kind of blood poisoning) and meningitis. At their worst, they can cause permanent brain damage, or even kill.
At Bell Pharmacy Bow, the type of pneumococcal vaccine you are given depends on your age and health. The two types are:
pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) – this is used to vaccinate children under two years old as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme. It's known by the brand name Prevenar 13.
pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPV) (polysaccharide from bacteria known as pneumococci ) this is given to people aged 65 and over, and to people at high risk due to long-term health conditions.
More than 90 different strains of the pneumococcal bacterium have been identified, though only 8 to 10 of them cause the most serious infections.
The childhood vaccine (PCV) protects against 13 strains of the pneumococcal bacterium, while the adult vaccine (PPV) protects against 23 strains.
If you fall under any of categories below or you are a child or over 65 years, you can get free Pneumonia vaccine from your GP for free:
Asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen, Diabetes (requiring insulin or oral hypoglycaemic drugs), Chronic heart disease, Chronic respiratory disease, Chronic kidney disease, Chronic liver disease, Coeliac disease, Immunosuppression Individuals with cochlear implants, Individuals with cerebrospinal fluid leaks.
If you are at high risk of contracting Pneumonia (aged 18-65 years) or otherwise, we do provide this vaccination at our pharmacy.
PPV Sanofi and ZOSTAVAX (shingles) should not be given concurrently.
Babies receive the pneumococcal vaccine as three separate injections, at 8 weeks, 16 weeks and one year old. Also, people over 65 only need a single pneumococcal vaccination, which will protect for life. It is not given annually like the flu.
Injection site pain, malaise and headache are the most common side effects.
Please visit http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations.aspx, after putting your destinations, this website will advise you which vaccines are needed. This website is regularly updated and is authorised by NHS.