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Are you Pneumo Aware?

If you are 65 or over, or have certain health conditions like diabetes or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), you could be at increased risk of pneumococcal infections turning into something more serious, like pneumonia, blood poisoning, or meningitis.

If you are at risk, you may be eligible for pneumococcal vaccination on the NHS to help protect you against serious pneumococcal infections.
Speak to your doctor or practice nurse.

YOU ARE AT RISK IF YOU:

Are aged 65 years and over

Have certain health conditions,
like diabetes or COPD

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  • Asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen

  • Cerebrospinal fluid leaks

  • Chronic heart disease

  • Chronic kidney disease

  • Chronic liver disease

  • Chronic respiratory disease, like COPD

  • Diabetes managed by medication (not by diet)

  • Having cochlear implants

  • Immunosuppression (having a weakened immune system)

  • Occupational exposure to metal fumes e.g., welders (taking into account exposure control measures in place)

Are you eligible?

How old are you or how old is the person
you’re checking eligibility for?

Do you have a long-term health
condition, such as COPD or diabetes?

You are eligible

TO GET PNEUMOCOCCAL VACCINATION ON THE NHS

 
SPEAK TO YOUR DOCTOR OR PRACTICE NURSE

Getting vaccinated against
pneumococcal infections can help
lower your risk of serious
pneumococcal infections.

You are unlikely to be eligble You are unlikely to be eligble

TO GET PNEUMOCOCCAL VACCINATION ON THE NHS

 

The UK pneumococcal immunisation programme is provided on the NHS for people with certain long-term health conditions, and people aged 65 and over. This is because the risk of serious pneumococcal infections is higher in these groups.

WHAT ARE PNEUMOCOCCAL INFECTIONS?

(New-mo-kok-al infections)

Infections caused by pneumococcal bacteria

Pneumococcal infections are caused by the bacteria called Streptococcus pneumoniae.

Spread through sneezes, coughs and direct contact

Pneumococcal bacteria are spread in the same way as colds and flu. Pneumococcal bacteria
can enter your body through your nose and mouth by:

Breathing in droplets from an infected person’s sneeze or cough.

Touching a contaminated object, like a door handle, and then touching your nose and mouth.

May lead to serious conditions in some people

Some strains of pneumococcal bacteria live in people’s nose and
throat without causing symptoms.

Other strains can cause infections,
such as:

More serious pneumococcal
conditions include:

The NHS pneumococcal
immunisation programme can
help reduce the risk of
pneumococcal
infections for:

  • People aged 65 and over

  • People with certain health conditions, like COPD or diabetes

  • People aged 65 and over

  • People with certain health conditions, like COPD or diabetes

People aged 65 and over

People with certain health conditions

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Or speak to your doctor or practice nurse about pneumococcal vaccination

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