Pneumonia is the swelling of the tissue in one or both lungs, usually caused by a bacterial infection. There are clusters of tiny sacs at the end of the breathing tubes in your lungs, and pneumonia causes these tiny sacs to become inflamed and filled with fluid.

The pneumonia vaccine protects against serious and potentially fatal pneumococcal infections such as blood poisoning (sepsis) and meningitis. Pure Pharmacy Ireland offers the pneumonia vaccine for just €45.

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Symptoms of pneumonia may develop suddenly over 24 to 48 hours, or they may come on more slowly over several days. Common symptoms include a cough, difficult breathing, rapid heartbeat, fever, feeling generally unwell and sweating or shivering

The pneumococcal vaccine protects against serious and potentially fatal pneumococcal infections. It is also known as the pneumonia vaccine. 

Pneumococcal infections are caused by the bacteria Streptococcus Pneumoniae and can lead to pneumonia, blood poisoning (sepsis) and meningitis.

There are two types of pneumococcal vaccines. Pneumovax is the type administered by your pharmacist and they can advise you if the vaccine is appropriate for you or they can refer you to the GP if necessary. The pharmacy vaccine protects against 23 types of pneumococcal disease in both children and adults. 

The pneumococcal vaccine encourages your body to produce antibodies against pneumococcal bacteria. Antibodies are proteins produced by the body to prevent disease. They prevent you from becoming ill, if you get the infection.

To avail of a vaccination service, you can book an appointment online (link to booking page) with Pure Pharmacy for a time that in convenient for you. You can also phone or call in to your nearest Pure Pharmacy and a member of the pharmacy team will check your eligibility and arrange an appointment for vaccination.

There is no such thing as pneumonia season, unlike Flu season. If you or your healthcare provider decides that you require the pneumococcal vaccination, you will receive it at any time of the year. If it is Flu season, you can get your pneumococcal vaccine at the same time as your flu vaccine, if you receive each shot into a different arm. 

The Pneumococcal vaccination is advised for:

  • Everyone over the age of 65
  • Adults aged 18 years and over with 
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Chronic heart failure, respiratory, renal or liver disease
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Disorders affecting the immune system including cancer, HIV and transplant patines
  • Smokers 
  • Those with alcohol dependence
  • Those exposed to fumes through their work (e.g. welders)

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