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Pneumonia Vaccine


Pneumonia Vaccine

We are now offering pneumonia vaccine in Farnborough from our pharmacy. Call the pharmacy today on 01252 542807 to book your appointment.

Why vaccinate against pneumococcal pneumonia?

What is pneumonia?

Pneumonia is swelling (inflammation) of the

tissue in one or both lungs, usually caused by

a bacterial infection1

One of the most common symptoms of pneumonia

is a cough.1 This can be dry or mucus producing

(yellow, green, brownish or blood-stained)1

Other common symptoms are:1

• difficulty breathing

• rapid heartbeat

• fever

• feeling generally unwell

• sweating and shivering

• loss of appetite

• chest pain

As the symptoms of pneumonia vary and are similar to those of other chest infections, many people do not realise they have pneumonia until they visit a doctor1

Adult pneumonia can be serious, and may be more common than you think1-4

Even mild cases of pneumonia, which are usually treated at home, can leave sufferers

with a cough that persists 2-3 weeks after antibiotic treatment, and feeling fatigued

for even longer1,2 Severe cases of pneumonia can occur in certain ‘at risk’ groups, which

may require treatment in a hospital because they have a higher risk of

developing serious complications1

Each year, up to 1 in every 100 UK adults develops pneumonia3

In England and Wales in 2017 over 27,000 adults died of pneumonia4

Streptococcus pneumoniae is the most common cause of pneumonia in adults1

Viruses and, infrequently, fungi as well as different types of bacteria such as Haemophilus

influenzae and Staphylococcus aureus, can also cause pneumonia.1

S. pneumoniae (pneumococcus) infections are responsible for approximately 37% of

all hospitalised cases of community-acquired pneumonia.5

Streptococcus pneumoniae is a capsular Gram-positive bacteria

with more than 90 different serotypes.6 Prevenar 13® will only

protect against Streptococcus pneumoniae serotypes included in the vaccine.

Prevenar 13® does not provide 100% protection against vaccine

serotypes nor protect against nonvaccine serotypes.

Pneumococcal vaccination is therefore important to help protect individuals from

community-acquired pneumonia