Pneumococcal disease is an infection caused by a type of bacteria called Streptococcus pneumoniae. When these bacteria invade the lungs, they cause the most common kind of bacterial pneumonia and can then invade the bloodstream and/or the tissues and fluids surrounding the brain and spinal cord causing meningitis. Another common complication is infection of the middle ear.
If you aged 65 or over you can now have the pneumococcal vaccination to protect against the most serious forms of pneumococcal infection. You won't need it each year and for most it's a one-off vaccination.
All patients 65 and over can attend for a vaccination. If you would like more information, please contact the surgery.
You can also have this vaccination if:
- you don’t have a spleen, or if your spleen doesn’t work properly
- your immune system doesn’t work properly (due to HIV, chemotherapy etc)
- you have chronic disease of the heart, lungs, liver or kidneys
- you have diabetes
Men ACWY Aged 17 & 18
Men ACWY vaccination for young people aged 17 and 18 (born between 01/09/1998-31/08/1999)
We invite you to the surgery for your MenACWY vaccine. This vaccine helps protect you against meningococcal disease which can cause meningitis (inflammation of the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning). These can kill in hours and those who recover may be left severely disabled.
Since 2009, there has been a large increase in group W meningococcal (MenW) disease in England, resulting in several deaths in teenagers. Older teenagers and young adults who are not vaccinated are at risk of getting MenW disease, so you need to get vaccinated to protect yourself. Vaccination helps protect you and others around you. You may have had a MenC vaccination before but you still need the MenACWY vaccine as this gives you the extra protection you need.
Please contact the surgery today on 020 8464 4138 to arrange your vaccination against this serious disease.
Over 75s Free Health Check
Please book an appointment with the Health Care Assistant for your free health check.