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is it worth having the pneumonia jab

maggiewhiteley
maggiewhiteley
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I am going to have the pneumonia jab, but have just read some horrendous stories about after effects. Has anyone on this site got any info on the subject.

Maggie

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Alfiebax2

Maggie I have had pneumonia twice and bronchial pneumonia that almost killed me .Had the pneumonia jab ,no after effects and touch wood haven't had pneumonia since .Maybe I'm just lucky hugs and love Babs 💝💝💝

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maggiewhiteley

had it done, so far ok. Hope your well Babs

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Alfiebax2

Hi Maggie I'm pleased you had it done ,you should be ok my darling ,at least you won't get pneumonia ( 🤞) so that is a good thing .I'm ok ,thanks for asking but breathing 90% worse Inthe heatwave can't do a bloody thing ,not even walk as legs like lead 😊still it's been cooler ,normal service was resumed ......but it's supposed to come back ( heatwave ) with a vengeance .You stay healthy Maggie and speak soon .hugs and ♥️Babs xxxx

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BevMG74

Hi Maggie, I had a 'severe local reaction' to the pneumovax shot, but continued it the following year because the thought of pneumonia was dire and to be avoided at all costs. All I made sure happen was that I stayed at the surgery a bit longer than normal after a shot of anti-histamine just in case it changed from a severe allergic reaction to anaphylaxis. It didn"t happen! All was fine. I realise this post is late, but I am glad you had the vaccine. More important than all the horror stories one can read online. We must avoid pneumonia at all costs. Hugs. BevM

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Chriskho

I’ve been fine with mine. I feel for me it’s much safer as I’ve had some terrible chest infections which could have been much much worse without the jab.

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maggiewhiteley

thanks for your reply, all done now

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wheezyof

I often react badly to drugs but had no after effects from the jab. Had the pneumonia jab in one arm and flu jab in the other. For me it was a great thing to do.

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maggiewhiteley

thanks for your reply, all done now

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EAJo

I've had the pneumonia jab and I get the flu one every year. No problems with either.

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maggiewhiteley
maggiewhiteley
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I have done it now, thanks for reply

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Sooos

I had the pneumonia jab 4 years ago, no ill effects but it didn’t work for me. Hopefully I’ll be able to have it again next year x

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maggiewhiteley

Oh, sorry to hear that. Thought it was one off jab?

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Sooos

I think it only works on about 40% of people. I was told I could be re vaccinated after 5 years x

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O2Trees

I had my second pneumonia jab (15 years after the first one) in 2015 with no problem after effects. But Ive had pneumonia twice this year so it's not been very effective in terms of prevention :( The most recent pneumonia was relatively mild though still requiring hospitalisation and IV drugs, but in March I had bi-lateral pneumonia and type 2 respiratory failure which was all rather grim.

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maggiewhiteley

Oh my, I guess its not a one size fits all then !

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Bella395

OH had a repeat pneumonia vaccination about two months ago. No problems at all.

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maggiewhiteley

thanks, done it now

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Bkin

Not a problem, no side affects, had my first over 12 years ago have not had a top up since, its good for added protection, it doesn't guarantee you won't get pneumonia but it may improve your chances of surviving pneumonia.

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maggiewhiteley
maggiewhiteley
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thanks, yes guess it makes sense

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judg69

Maggie, I view precautionary shots as absolutely mandatory for those of us with compromised respiratory systems. No ifs, ands or buts. These include flu, pneumonia and shingles shots. Stay well, judg69

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maggiewhiteley

I know your right, just got a bit wobbly

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sibkev

i had no probs

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maggiewhiteley

thanks

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Roysieboy

Hello Maggie. The consultant recommended I have the pneumonia jab , which I did have and I never had any side effects. Hope all goes well for u. Best wishes. 👍🤓

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maggiewhiteley

Yes, Brompton Hosp pushed me for it. Done now

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Ergendl

Had mine over 2 years ago, and had no problems with it. Rather that than the possibility of worse.

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maggiewhiteley

Your right

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Hacienda

I'm on the "Good Jab, have it Done" Side. No Side affects here since the Jab. Good Luck Hun. XXX

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maggiewhiteley

Thanks, done it now. Hope your well

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gingermusic

I had the pneumonia jab with no problem at all other than a slight soreness in my arm for a day or two. You only need it the once so have it done

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maggiewhiteley

done it now, just had a wobble I think

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O2Trees
O2Trees
in reply to gingermusic

No not true that you only need it once. Some people need another after around 10 - 15 years. I had my second one three years ago.

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Ramy22

Yep.... I had it, I know lots of people who have had it and haven’t heard any horror stories. It’s better than pneumonia!

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maggiewhiteley

Thanks

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Help_61

I get jab every 5 years had one 1 month before I picked up hospital grade pneumonia with sepsis while I was in hospital with broken ribs I believe if I did not have that shot I would not be here today the doctors only gave me 10 per cent chance of surviving

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maggiewhiteley

thanks for that,

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dickinson1954

I have had the pneumonia jab since since having had pneumonia and no problems I also have a yearly flu jab. X

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maggiewhiteley

thanks, done it now

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2greys

No problems with mine either, go for it, it might save your life.

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maggiewhiteley

Thanks, have done it now. Hope your well

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Hazejames

Hi, I had it a few yrs back, no problems x

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Mavary

Hi Maggie.

I’ve had the pneumonia jabs for years now and no side effects. I did however get pneumonia this year. Apparently there are several different sorts of pneumonia. I was unlucky enough to get one that wasn’t covered by the jab. It certainly wouldn’t put me off having it this Autumn. My advice is get it done.

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Burbagegran

Hi Maggie,

I've had a pneumonia jab originally about 20 years ago and recently had to have it redone by order of my specialist. Not had an adverse reaction to either, I think to do so you would have to be one in a million or someone allergic to eggs perhaps. Do get it done. All the best.

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lKeith

maggiewhiteley

Hi had the pneumonia jab last October together with the Flu jab. Apart from a slightly swollen arm and a bit of tiredness no other ill effects. The pneumonia jab is supposed to last for 5 years I think, unlike flu jab every winter. Check with your GP whether it is likely to give you side effects (depending on existing meds, you wouldn't want it to cause a clash)

IKeith

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Hummingbird2

I have had the pneumonia jab no ill effects.👍

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