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Age can increase your
risk of serious pneumococcal infections

Even if you feel fit and well, when you are aged 65 or over you are at
increased risk of pneumoccocal infections turning into something more
serious, like pneumonia.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF PNEUMOCOCCAL INFECTIONS
IF YOU ARE 65 AND OVER?

  • You are more likely to get a pneumococcal infection in the
    first place

You have a higher risk of developing serious infections, such as:

You could need treatment in hospital

An infection might lead to further health issues

You may have a higher risk of complications and death

If you are 65 or over, a one-off pneumococcal vaccination can help protect you against serious
pneumococcal infections

Speak to your doctor or practice
nurse about the NHS pneumococcal immunisation programme.

WHY BEING 65 AND OVER MAY INCREASE YOUR RISK

  • Your ability to fight off infections
    gets weaker as you get older

  • You might have other health
    conditions that put you at risk

  • You may spend time around
    grandchildren, who spread
    pneumococcal bacteria more easily than adults, because they are more
    likely to have pneumococcal
    bacteria living naturally in their nose and throat

  • Your ability to fight off infections gets weaker as you get older

  • You might have other health conditions that put you at risk

  • You may spend time around grandchildren, who spread pneumococcal bacteria more easily than adults, because they are more likely to have pneumococcal bacteria living naturally in their nose and throat

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Or speak to your doctor or practice nurse about pneumococcal vaccination

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