my doctors keep saying that i dont need this !
ive asked my gp and he said i do but the management of the practise say otherwise.................
so ive looked again at the rules and who can get it and yes it looks like im right** !
Who needs a pneumococcal vaccination?
The PPV vaccine is recommended for many of the same people who receive an annual flu vaccination and other selected groups of people at higher risk of developing complications from pneumococcal infection.
Unlike the flu vaccine which is given every year, the pneumococcal vaccine is only usually given once. The Scottish Government provides pneumococcal immunisation for all people aged 65 years and over. For those aged under 65, GPs may at their own discretion provide immunisation for people with the following serious medical conditions:
Problems with the spleen either because the spleen has been removed or does not work properly, e.g. sickle cell disorder and coeliac disease.
***Chronic lung disease including chronic bronchitis or emphysema.**
Serious heart conditions.
Severe kidney disease.
Long-term liver disease.
Diabetes requiring medication.
Lowered immunity due to disease or treatment eg HIV, chemotherapy for cancer, or long-term oral steroids for conditions such as asthma.
Individuals with cerebrospinal fluid leaks.
Children under five years of age who have previously had invasive pneumococcal disease such as meningitis or bacteraemia.
the information is from this website....