Pneumococcal vaccine

Pneumococci is a type of bacteria that most frequently cause infections such as pneumonia, ear infections, and sinus infections, but also more serious illnesses such as blood poisoning and meningitis. The infection can affect people of all ages, but the youngest and oldest, as well as people with other underlying illnesses, are especially vulnerable. Transmission occurs through close droplet transmission (such as coughing, sneezing, and the like) from person to person. Both carriers and clinically ill people can be a source for the spread of infection.

Symptoms

The symptoms will vary depending on where the infection has settled.

The most common localization is in the lungs. This will cause symptoms with:

  • High fever
  • Stinging chest pain
  • Reap
  • Heavy breath

Treatment

Penicillin is the first choice of treatment when it comes to pneumonia.

Those who develop severe pneumococcal disease are hospitalized, often in the intensive care unit, and the mortality rate is high.

How to prevent pneumococci?

The most effective preventive measure is vaccination.

Pneumococcal vaccine is recommended for:

  • All persons over the age of 65.
  • People who use medication or have a disease that weakens the immune system. The vaccine is also recommended for people at risk of developing serious disease.
  • Professional groups with a higher risk of infection, e.g. laboratory personnel.

FAQ about the pneumococcal vaccine

Which vaccine is offered?

For the elderly, the vaccine Pneumovax is recommended.
Children are vaccinated with a separate pneumococcal vaccine through the child vaccination program.

How long does the vaccine last?

It is recommended to top up with a new vaccine (booster) every 5 years to maintain the antibody level in the blood and hence the effect of the vaccine.

Can I take the pneumococcal vaccine at the same time as other vaccines, for example against influenza and corona?

Pneumococcal and influenza vaccines can be given at the same time, but they should be given in separate arms. A week should elapse between the corona vaccine and the pneumococcal vaccine.

What side effects can one expect from the pneumococcal vaccine?

The most common are local symptoms with tenderness and redness at the injection site itself. Some people may feel feverish on the first day. Allergic reactions occur rarely.

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How can Dr. Dropin help you?

In our clinic, you can get a prescription for the pneumococcal vaccine.

We do not have the pneumococcal vaccine available in our clinics, but after ordering a prescription you can choose to have it taken in one of our clinics.

General Practitioner

At Dr.Dropin our experienced GPs provide a wide range of primary care services, similar to those provided by the NHS, either in the clinic or through video consultations.

Dermatologist

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