Pneumonia Vaccination Service

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This vaccination helps protect against pneumococcal pneumonia.

Currently, this service is only available in the following pharmacies:

  • Wednesbury - Union Street
  • Scott Arms - Walsall Road
  • Yardley - Church Road
  • Darlaston - Pinfold Street

We'll update this page as we roll these services out to more of our pharmacies.

What is pneumonia?

Pneumonia is an infection which can cause serious illness or even death.

Around 0.5 to 1% adults catch pneumonia each year, typically in the autumn or winter. It is most commonly caused by a bacteria, Streptococcus pneumoniae, also known as pneumococcus. The bacteria irritates the lungs, causing them to become inflamed and swell up with fluid. 

Pneumonia is spread through coughing and sneezing, as well as touching a surface which has been touched by an infected person, and then touching your nose or mouth. Infections can spread in environments such as care homes, where many people have weakened immune systems. Getting the vaccine protects both you and those around you.

Though anyone can be affected by pneumonia, the risk increases as you get older, especially if you have a medical condition like heart disease or diabetes. 

A pneumococcal infection may also lead to septicaemia (blood poisoning), meningitis, and in some instances, brain damage.

You can read more about pneumonia on the NHS website.

Who is at risk of catching pneumonia?

Pneumonia can affect anyone. However, certain factors can increase your risk of catching the infection. Older adults are at higher risk of catching the illness, as are those with underlying health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, or respiratory diseases like asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder). If you smoke, this not only increases your risk of catching pneumonia, but it can also make the illness more serious. People with a weakened immune system are also at a higher risk of catching the infection.

What are the symptoms of pneumonia?

The symptoms of pneumonia can develop as quickly as over 24 hours, or may come on over several days. Recovery can take up to three months. Symptoms include:
  • A cough which may be dry or chesty
  • Thick yellow, green, brown or blood-stained phlegm
  • Chest pain and difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Sweating and shivering
  • Fast heartbeat
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Who is the pneumonia vaccination service suitable for?

The service may be suitable for you if you:

  • Are a child of at least 2 years old, or an adolescent or adult
  • Haven’t had an allergic reaction to a vaccine before
  • Don’t have a medical condition that affects your immune system
  • Don’t have a fever on the day of your appointment
  • Haven’t had the pneumonia vaccine in the last 12 months

Children and adolescents aged 2-17, as well as adults ages 18-65, will receive the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV). This offers long term protection against 13 strains of the illness. 

Over 65s will receive the Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPV), which offers long term protection against 23 strains.

How much does it cost?

The pneumonia vaccination costs £70.

Book your pneumonia vaccination appointment

You will need to book through a different form depending on your age. This is so we can make sure you get the vaccine that works best for you.