Pneumococcal Campaign At Victoria Surgery
What Is Pneumococcal Disease?
Pneumococcal disease is the term used to describe a range of illnesses such as pneumonia, septicaemia (blood poisoning) and Meningitis (inflammation around the brain), when these are caused by the Streptococcus pneumoniae bug.
How Can It Be Prevented?
Many of our patients have already had this jab, but our records will show if you are eligible to receive it. Vaccination with the pneumococcal jab helps prevent severe forms of pneumococcal disease.
Who Is At Risk?
Everybody is at risk of getting pneumococcal disease but the risk increases as you get older. People over 65 are particularly vulnerable, especially if you have a heart or lung condition, have diabetes mellitus, have no spleen or have a weakened immune system.
How Often Will I Need This Vaccine?
It is currently recommended that most people will only need this once. If you think you may be eligible, please contact the surgery and we will check the criteria on your behalf.