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MSD manufactures one of the pneumococcal vaccines recommended in the national immunisation programme for certain patients.

The pneumococcal immunisation programme for at-risk groups

The Department of Health recommends the national pneumococcal immunisation programme for people aged 65 or over and those in clinical risk groups (view the risk groups) because for those people, pneumococcal infections can be more common or more serious. The NHS provides the vaccine free of charge for eligible patients. Your doctor or nurse will determine if you are eligible.

How often do I need vaccination?
Most people do not usually need to have a second dose. Your doctor or nurse will be able to decide if and when a further dose of the vaccine is needed.

Are there any side effects with this vaccination?
Like all vaccines and medicines, this vaccine is associated with certain side effects, although not everybody gets them. Further information can be found in the patient information leaflets available at

Before deciding whether you want to be vaccinated or not, ask your healthcare professional for more information about the national immunisation programme (incl. eligibility); the complications it could help protect you from and the need for vaccination in your case. Patient information/Package leaflets for the vaccine may also be useful resources to help you decide and are available at

Reporting of side effects: If you get any side effects with any medicines, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in the medicines package leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at or by searching for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of medicines.
VACC-1271705-0000Date of preparation: June 2019
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