Around 220,000 people are diagnosed with pneumonia each year. Our Pneumonia Vaccination Service can help offer protection
What is pneumonia?
Pneumonia is an infection that can cause serious illness and even death. It affects around one in 100 adults in the UK each year and is most common in autumn and winter.
Pneumonia is caused by an infection that irritates the lungs, causing them to become inflamed and swell up with fluid. The most common cause of pneumonia is an infection due to bacteria called Streptococcus pneumoniae, also known as pneumococcus. It can be spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing.
The pneumonia vaccination
There are currently two different pneumonia vaccinations available in the UK. We offer a Pneumonia Vaccination Service that provides long-lasting protection against 13 of the most common strains of Streptococcus pneumonia bacteria:
- A single vaccination provides long-lasting protection against pneumococcal pneumonia
- The vaccination can be administered at any time of the year and can reduce risk for travellers going to countries which have higher levels of pneumococcal infections
- The vaccination can be given at the same time as other vaccinations, such as the flu vaccination
There's also a vaccination available on the NHS. This also helps protect against common strains of Streptococcus pneumonia. It's a different type of vaccination to the one used in our private service.
You may be eligible for the free NHS vaccination if, for example, you are:
- Aged 65 or over
- Aged under 65 with a long-term health condition such as diabetes, asthma and cardio vascular disease. This list is quite vast so please talk to our pharmacist if the free NHS vaccination applies to you.
Who are at risk?
Pneumonia is one of the most common causes of death due to infection in men and women. It can increase the risk of having a heart attack, as well as worsening existing heart failure. Pneumonia can affect anyone, but some people are more at risk of catching it. Risk factors include:
- Increasing age
- Smoking – not only is the risk of catching pneumonia greater, but it can be more serious in people who smoke
- Other health conditions, including diabetes, heart disease or respiratory diseases, such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- A weakened immune system
If you’re under 50 with no long-term conditions then the risk is quite low. But the risk increases from the age of 50, especially if you have a medical condition such as heart disease or diabetes. That’s why we’re offering this service to those aged 50 and over.
ABC of Pneumonia Vaccination Service
It is a walk in service No appointments requiredYou can speak to our pharmacist
Consultation with a pharmacistOur pharmacist will discuss the service with you, including any side effects and how the vaccination will be given
Receive your vaccination If it’s right for you, our pharmacist will administer the vaccination and ask you to remain in the pharmacy for five minutes in case of any immediate side effects
What will the vaccination protect against?
The vaccination encourages your body to produce antibodies to help protect you from pneumococcal infection. This means you're less likely to become ill if you come into contact with the bacteria that cause pneumonia.
Benefits of the service
- Flexible: Walk in service No appointments needed
- Expert Advice: Get your questions answered face-to-face
How long will the in-store consultation take?
The in-store consultation and vaccination, if suitable, will take approximately 15 minutes.
Speak to our pharmacist
Please Call 020 8852 6292 and talk to our pharmacist
The in-store or a telephone consultation will take short time and put you on the right path.