Saw my doc in our little spanish village this week. Just for a check up and a quick hello as my normal doc is now on maternity leave. Nice guy who I think must have come out of retirement as he's way over qualified for a local GP (checked him out on good old Google!). He spoke fluent English and was extremely thorough.
He's also arranging for me to have the Prevenar 13 vaccination against pneumococcal infection. Hadn't heard of this one and thought I didn't need to have anything else as I had a pneumonia vaccination only 3 years ago (those last 5 years I believe), but he said this is new and it's the one given to all infants now as it the same vaccine as for meningitis. He said it should be given to anyone over 64 years old and to all those who have chronic conditions that makes them at a higher risk of developing a pneumococcal infection.
"Prevenar 13 can protect against 13 of the strains of Streptococcus pneumoniae that can cause these diseases. (Prevenar 13 does not replace the need for vaccination with Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) or meningococcal vaccines that protect against other important causes of meningitis.)"
Had my flu jab a month ago when in UK but they didn't mention the Prevenar vaccine for so I thought I'd share this just in case others haven't yet been advised.
Hope you're all feeling chipper today!