Pneumonia Vaccine for the over 65s

Last updated on June 13th, 2013 - 14:33:08 by St Johns Medical Centre
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We recommend that all patients aged 65 and over should be immunised to helpĀ  protect themselves against pneumococcal infection. Usually this infection causes pneumonia but some patients get septicaemia [blood poisoning] and meningitis [inflammation around the brain].

Although everybody is at risk of infection, the risk increases as you get older. The good news, is that the vaccine only has to be given once [unlike flu jabs that are given every year].

We are currently running pneumococcal/pneumonia vaccine clinics. Please make an appointment with our receptionists.

If you require further information please click on the link below:-

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/pneumococcal-vaccination.aspx