Pneumonia Vaccination Service
How much does the pneumonia vaccination cost?
There are two vaccinations we offer for pneumonia – one £30 the other £70 – the £30 one is mostly used for those over 65 years old, but it’s really decided at the consultation based on your patient information. Usually, you only need to get this vaccination once in your life so not as expensive as it may seem!
Please contact us on our telephone number 028 90 233 101 to discuss futher.
Who is the pneumonia vaccination service suitable for?
The service may be suitable for you if you:
- Are a child of at least 2 years old, or an adolescent or adult
- Haven’t had an allergic reaction to a vaccine before
- Don’t have a medical condition that affects your immune system
- Don’t have a fever on the day of your appointment
How our Pneumonia Vaccination Service works
Call us at the pharmacy on 028 90 233 101 to discuss your needs.
What are the symptoms of pneumonia?
The symptoms of pneumonia can develop as quickly as over 24 hours, or may come on over several days. Recovery can take up to three months. Symptoms include:
- A cough which may be dry or chesty
- Thick yellow, green, brown or blood-stained phlegm
- Chest pain and difficulty breathing
- Sweating and shivering
- Fast heartbeat
Book your pneumonia vaccination appointment
You will need to book through a different form depending on your age. This is so we can make sure you get the vaccine that works best for you.
Vaccinations are subject to stock levels and the professional discretion of the pharmacist.
How does the vaccine work?
The pneumonia vaccine, sometimes called the pneumococcal vaccine, works by triggering a response from your immune system. This helps your body build immunity to the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae, which causes pneumonia.
This service is currently only available to people aged 16 years and older.
What is pneumonia?
Pneumonia is an infection which can cause serious illness or even death.
Around 0.5 to 1% adults catch pneumonia each year, typically in the autumn or winter. It is most commonly caused by a bacteria, Streptococcus pneumoniae, also known as pneumococcus. The bacteria irritates the lungs, causing them to become inflamed and swell up with fluid.
Pneumonia is spread through coughing and sneezing, as well as touching a surface which has been touched by an infected person, and then touching your nose or mouth. Infections can spread in environments such as care homes, where many people have weakened immune systems. Getting the vaccine protects both you and those around you.
Though anyone can be affected by pneumonia, the risk increases as you get older, especially if you have a medical condition like heart disease or diabetes.
A pneumococcal infection may also lead to septicaemia (blood poisoning), meningitis, and in some instances, brain damage.
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