What is Pneumonia?
Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lung tissue, usually caused by a bacterial infection, but can also be caused by viruses or breathing in harmful substances. This infection can spread from the nose and throat, and through inhaling droplets after someone sneezes.
About the Vaccine
The pneumococcal vaccine protects you against pneumococcal infections, which can be dangerous and potentially fatal.
There are two different types of the vaccine
Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) - £70
Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPV) - £30
Our pharmacist will recommend the most suitable vaccine for you based on your age, health and preference.
We offer the pneumococcal vaccination for patients over the age of two.
Why get vaccinated?
Pneumococcal infections are caused by the Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria. The infections can lead to illnesses such as:
- pneumonia (lung infection)
- ear infection
- meningitis (infection of the brain and spinal cord)
- septicaemia (a type of blood poisoning)
- sinus infections
- Severe infections cause brain damage, or even death.
Although pneumonia is more likely to severely affect patients under 2 and over 65 as well as those with long term health conditions, pneumonia can affect anyone.
The vaccine protects you against pneumococcal infections and the complications it can cause.
Who can have the vaccine?
You can’t have it if you:
- have a vaccine allergy
- are pregnant or breastfeeding
- have a fever or temperature at the time of your appointment
How does it work?
The pneumococcal vaccine works by making your body produce antibodies that fight pneumococcal bacteria. Antibodies destroy organisms or bacteria carrying disease and help fight off infections.
The NHS estimates that the pneumococcal vaccine is between 50-70% effective in preventing pneumococcal disease.
Which side effects can it cause?
It isn’t possible to catch a pneumococcal infection from the vaccine, because it doesn’t contain any live bacteria. It is a very safe vaccine, but like all vaccinations, it can cause some side effects.
The PCV vaccine has some common side effects:
- swelling, hardness or redness where the injection was given
- slightly decreased appetite
- higher temperature
- trouble sleeping, and sleepiness
The PPV vaccine has some common side effects:
- mild pain or hardness where the injection was made
- higher temperature
Our pharmacists offer both vaccinations for pneumonia. The PCV vaccination costs £70 and the PPV vaccination costs £30. Both are available with no appointment necessary following a short consultation with our pharmacists.
Price: Small charge
Frequency: When required...