Following on from the recent Community Poll and as promised here is the official Department of Health Guidance on the Pneumonia Jab.
Department Of Health guidance states that the Pneumonia jab is a one off vaccination – one dose protects you for life.
There are three groups of people who need to be vaccinated against pneumonia:
•people aged 65 and over
•anyone between the ages of two and 65 with the following long term health condition
The long term conditions are:-
•had your spleen removed, or your spleen does not work properly
•a long-term respiratory disease, for example, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (the name for a collection of lung diseases that make it difficult to breathe)
•heart disease, for example, congenital heart disease (a birth defect that affects the heart)
•chronic kidney disease
•chronic liver disease, for example, liver cirrhosis (when healthy tissue in the liver is destroyed and replaced by scar tissue)
•a suppressed immune system caused by a health condition such as HIV
•a suppressed immune system caused by medication such as chemotherapy or steroid tablets
•a cochlear implant (a small hearing device fitted inside your ear)
•had cerebrospinal fluid (the clear fluid that surrounds the brain and spine) leaking from its usual position, for example, as the result of an accident or surgery
You will only be given a booster dose every five years if your spleen does not work properly or if you have a chronic kidney condition.This is because your levels of antibodies against the infection will decrease over time.
Details can be found at nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinati...