Pneumonia or Pneumoccocal vaccination can improve your antibody response to fight pneumonia reducing the chance of serious ill health and fatality. Antibodies are proteins produced in the body to get rid of disease-carrying organisms.
There are two types of vaccination for pneumonia, Pneumovax 23 which protects against 23 types of pneumococcal bacteria and Prevnar 13 which protects against 13 types of pneumococcal bacteria. There are no serious side effects to the vaccine although occasionally it may cause a mild fever, redness or swelling at the injection site.
Babies, people over 65 and those with underlying health conditions are offered one or both of these vaccines on the NHS. If you don’t fall into one of these categories, or you wish to be vaccinated quickly, The Mews Practice can offer this service. Book an appointment now at a time convenient to you.