Pneumonia

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Pneumonia Vaccine Price
Single Pneumonia Vaccination £240
Course of Treatment: 1 dose £240
Price per course including nurse fee £240

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Pneumonia Vaccination

Pneumonia is a respiratory infection that causes inflammation of the issue in the lungs. It can cause serious health complications for elderly people and be potentially fatal. The consequences can be serious and life-threatening, but infection is preventable.

Adults aged over 65 years are at increased risk of pneumonia caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria. Other people at risk include people who have suffered previous respiratory infection, and people with reduced immunity from a variety of causes.

Two completely different types of vaccine are available. At Fleet Street Clinic we offer Prevenar13 which provides more powerful protection. Prevenar 13 can be given to adults, adolescents and infants over the age of 6 weeks.

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Who should have the Pneumonia vaccine?

Prevenar 13 can be administered to infants (over the age of 6-weeks), children and adults of any age who wish to be protected against pneumonia caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria.

It is especially recommended for infants and young children, elderly adults, people who smoke, people with underlying health conditions such as asthma and cystic fibrosis and also those who have a weakened immune system. Although, in general, everyone can benefit from the pneumonia vaccine.

What is Prevenar13?

A conjugated vaccine called Prevenar13 protects against 13 strains of Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria, and is very effective.

This vaccine is given routinely to infants as part of the standard childhood immunisation programme and has had a major impact on reducing the overall burden of pneumonia in children. It offers extra protection than alternative pneumonia vaccinations, and is also our vaccination of choice for adults and young adults seeking pneumonia protection.

How many doses of the Pneumonia vaccine are required?

The pneumonia vaccination, Prevenar 13 is given as an injection in the arm and it is a single-dose vaccine.

The need for revaccination has not yet been established and so currently it is not known if a booster vaccine is required in the future to maintain protection.

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What is Pneumonia?

Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs, usually caused as a result of infection.

The inflammation causes the tiny air spaces inside the lungs to fill with fluid and inflammatory cells, making it harder for the lungs to work properly. Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria are among the commonest causes of infection. It can be fatal and also lead to serious complications such as septicemia, meningitis or brain damage.

How is Pneumonia spread?

Pneumonia is commonly spread via air-borne droplets.

Droplets can be spread by coughing, sneezing or talking and you can become infected through breathing in infected droplets or touching a surface contaminated by droplets and then touching your face.

What are the symptoms of Pneumonia?

Symptoms of pneumonia include:

  • Cough which produce greenish, yellow or even bloody mucus
  • Shortness of breath or rapid, shallow breathing
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • High temperature
  • Sweating and shivering
  • Chest pain
  • Generally feeling unwell

Book your Pneumonia vaccination online

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Pneumonia Vaccine Price
Single Pneumonia Vaccination £240
Course of Treatment: 1 dose £240
Price per course including nurse fee £240

Fleet Street Clinic is not a VAT registered company

FAQs

Like similar vaccinations, the most common side effect is soreness around the site of the injection. You may also feel generally unwell with symptoms such as fatigue, muscle pain, headache, low fever and/ or drowsiness. If you experience serious complications you should contact your doctor and/ or visit the hospital.

People who should not receive the vaccine include those with a fever or sudden severe illness – the vaccination should be postponed until after the illness. Those with weakened immune systems and/ or a bleeding disorder, such as haemophilia should speak with their doctor prior to vaccination as a precautionary measure.

Currently Prevenar13 is not available on the NHS vaccination programme for pneumonia. They use a vaccine called pneumococcal vaccine, which uses older technology and is less effective in protecting against pneumonia. The NHS currently offers this to adults aged 65 years and older.

Yes, the pneumonia vaccine is routinely given to infants and children. Unvaccinated adults can be given the vaccine before turning 65. If you would like to discuss the pneumonia vaccine you can do so with a nurse or a doctor.

Pneumonia can be caused by bacteria or by a virus. Prevenar13 protects against bacterial pneumonia. If you have viral pneumonia there is little to no protection from prevenar13 so you can still get viral pneumonia if you’ve had the pneumonia vaccine. The most common cause of viral pneumonia is flu – you can get vaccinated against the flu each year separately for maximum protection against pneumonia.

Your child’s vaccination history is recorded in a red book and so that we can keep their vaccination records accurate and up to date, we would recommend that you bring it with you to your appointment. Although, rest assured, if you forget it, we can still see you and vaccinate your child without it.