Adult Immunisations

Pneumococcal Vaccination

Pneumococcus is a bacterium (germ) which can cause pneumonia, meningitis and some other infections. Pneumonia caused by pneumococcus occurs in about 1 in 1000 adults each year. Pneumococcal infection can affect anybody. However, young children, older people and some other groups of people are at increased risk of developing a pneumococcal infection. This vaccination can be given at any time of the year.

Who should be immunised against the pneumococcus?

Three groups of people should be immunised: children, older people and other people ‘at risk’.

All children

Immunisation against pneumococcus became part of the routine childhood immunisation programme in the summer of 2006. The routine schedule consists of three injections which are normally given at age at two months, four months and 13 months.

All older people

All people aged 65 or over should be immunised. This consists of a ‘one-off’ injection.

Other at-risk groups

Any person over the age of two months in an ‘at-risk’ group should be immunised. That is, if you:

•  Do not have a spleen or if your spleen does not work properly.

•  Have a chronic (ongoing) serious lung disease. Examples include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, cystic fibrosis and severe asthma (needing regular steroid inhalers or tablets).

•  Are a child who has previously been admitted to hospital with pneumonia.

•  Have a chronic heart disease. Examples include congenital heart disease, angina, heart failure or if you have ever had a heart attack.

•  Have a serious chronic kidney disease. Examples include nephrotic syndrome, kidney failure or if you have had a kidney transplant.

•  Have a chronic liver disease such as cirrhosis or chronic hepatitis.

•  Have diabetes which requires insulin or tablets to control it.

•  Have a poor immune system. Examples include if you who are receiving chemotherapy or steroid treatment (for more than a month), if you have HIV/AIDS or if you have previously had your spleen removed.

•  Have a cochlear implant.

•  Have a CSF shunt (a shunt to drain the fluid that surrounds the brain).

•  Are a child under five years who has previously had a pneumococcal disease such as pneumococcal meningitis or pneumococcal bacteraemia.

 

Shingles Vaccine

You become eligible for this vaccine on your 70th birthday please click below for further information.  If you feel you are eligible for this vaccine please contact our reception team or visit the surgery for Shingles booklet.

https://Shingles_Eligibility_poster_Sept2019.pdf