The pneumococcal vaccine prevents serious blood, lung and brain infections caused by the Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria. These infections are called pneumococcal disease and they also include pneumonia, meningitis and septicemia. Pneumococcal disease is a serious health threat as many strains of the bacteria are resistant to antibiotics. It can affect anyone, however some people are at higher risk. These include:
- Adults aged 65 and over
- Children and adults with long-term health conditions, such as serious heart, kidney or lung conditions or who suffer from weakened immune systems.
Babies receive the pneumococcal vaccine at 2 months, 4 months, and 12 months of age. Adults over 65 receive a single vaccination which will protect for life. The pneumococcal vaccine can be given at any time of the year. For further information, contact your medical doctor.