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Pneumonia Vaccine Information

Pneumonia vaccine overview

The pneumococcal vaccine protects against serious and potentially fatal pneumococcal infections. It's also known as the pneumonia vaccine. 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.

Am I Eligible for a free pneumonia vaccination?

The PPV vaccine is available on the NHS in pharmacies for adults aged from 18 to 64 years old who are at a higher risk of developing a pneumococcal infection than the general population. This is generally the same people who are eligible for annual flu vaccination.

You're considered to be at a higher risk of a pneumococcal infection if you have:

  • People aged 65 years and over
  • Chronic respiratory disease aged 18 to 64 years
  • Chronic heart disease aged 18 to 64 years
  • Chronic kidney disease aged 18 to 64 years
  • Chronic liver disease aged 18 to 64 years
  • Diabetes aged 18 to 64 years
  • Immunosuppression & asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen aged 18 to 64 years
  • Individuals with cochlear implants aged 18 to 64 years

Adults who are severely immunocompromised (including anyone with leukaemia, multiple myeloma, genetic disorders affecting the immune system, or after a bone marrow transplant) usually have a single dose of PCV followed by PPV.

  • People aged 65 years and over
  • Chronic respiratory disease aged 18 to 64 years
  • Chronic heart disease aged 18 to 64 years
  • Chronic kidney disease aged 18 to 64 years
  • Chronic liver disease aged 18 to 64 years
  • Diabetes aged 18 to 64 years
  • Immunosuppression & asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen aged 18 to 64 years
  • Individuals with cochlear implants aged 18 to 64 years

Eligibility Criteria for the following services

Anyone over 65 years of age

Persons between 18 and 64 years of age in the following categories:
  • Chronic respiratory disease
  • Chronic heart disease
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Chronic neurological disease
  • Diabetes
  • Immunosuppression
  • Asplenia / splenic dysfunction
  • Pregnant woman
  • Person in long-stay residential care home or care facility
  • Carer
  • Household contact of immunocompromised individual
  • Morbid obesity (BMI ≥ 40)
  • 50-64 years (not in risk group)- Will be available after a set date by NHS E
  • Learning disability
  • Household contact of person on NHS shielded patient list
  • Employed through Direct Payment of Personal Health Budget
  • Social care worker
  • Hospice worker
All the below who have previously not received a dose of Pneumococcal Polysaccharide (PPV)
  • People aged 65 years and over
  • Chronic respiratory disease aged 18 to 64 years
  • Chronic heart disease aged 18 to 64 years
  • Chronic kidney disease aged 18 to 64 years
  • Chronic liver disease aged 18 to 64 years
  • Diabetes aged 18 to 64 years
  • Immunosuppression & asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen aged 18 to 64 years
  • Individuals with cochlear implants aged 18 to 64 years

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