Pneumonia Injection

Pneumonia Injection

Pneumonia Injection I’ve just seen my GP and enquired about whether I would be having a flu jab again next winter, what with working in a school and my immunity probably still being low at that time. (BC nurse said to mention it).

He said yes, and that I should contact them in October to get my name onto the list. He also said that I should have the new pneumonia injection. You can either have them as a joint vaccine or seperately, also that it is not a live vaccine.

Just wondered it anyone else had heard about it or been offered it.

Saffire xx

Hi Saffire,

I went for my flu jab last year and while I was waiting afterwards the nurse came out and asked me if I would like the pneumonia one. So I did - I would not let them inject into the side that had lymph nodes surgery and she said they could not do it in the same arm - so i bared by bum :). I was very happy to have been offered this - it is lifetime protection and as I have had pneumonia in the past I certainly didnt want that experience again.

There was no mention of a joint one then.

lol Dawnhc

Saffire it’s been given to oldies for years [were you around in 1940s poster at GPsurgery]. I THINK it’s a once every 6 yrs jobby. You just get 2 jabs instead of one at flu do time.
If your immune system is weak you should get it.
Best wishes, dilly

I’ve had them both. The pneumonia one protects against the dangerous forms and I was told it lasts for 10 years.

I stated in my earlier post to this thread that I was told the pneumonia injection was a one off - lasts lifetime, so was puzzled at some references to it being every 10 years. This is a little bit of info found by googling that might help to clear this up:

How often should I get a pneumonia shot?

* 65 years and older - if this is your first immunization, you only receive it once.
* 65 years and older - if you have received an initial immunization before you turned 65, get a booster shot after you turn 65. There should be five years between the initial shot and a booster.
* 18-65 years - one immunization and then one booster after age 65, if five years have passed since the initial shot.


Thanks ladies for your replies. I think I’ll go for it and probably have the combined injection. Only 1 shot and in my ‘good’ arm. It took me 5 yrs to build up my immunity at school and prior to that it was never as low as the past year. So I’m expecting it to take a while to build up again.

Saffire x