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

Who's at risk?

If you have certain medical conditions, you could be at increased risk of pneumococcal infections turning into something more serious, like pneumoniasepticaemia (blood poisoning) and meningitis.

Identified clinical risk groups are provided below:

  • Diabetes that is controlled by medication
  • Asplenia (lack of spleen) or dysfunction of the spleen
  • Chronic respiratory disease
  • Immunosuppression (having a weakened immune system)
  • Chronic heart disease
  • Having cochlear implants
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Cerebrospinal fluid leaks
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Occupational exposure to metal fumes e.g. welders (taking into account exposure control measures in place)

If you think you are in one of these risk groups, speak to your healthcare professional.

 
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 www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard 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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