Pneumonia vaccine


Pneumonia vaccine

Pneumonia vaccine, protects against serious and potentially fatal pneumococcal infections. unlike the flu vaccination, you can get the pneumococcal vaccination at any time of year.

We offer private pneumonia vaccine and also nhs pneumonia vaccine 

If you are high risk and usually get the pneumococcal vaccine on the nhs. these will include:

  • Babies under 2 years old
  • Adults over 65 years old
  • People with long-term health conditions, like chronic kidney or heart disease.

Private pneumonia vaccine (£35):

All patients over 2 years of age, who have not previously been immunised with pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (ppv23).

Call our pharmacy today to find out more.


Pneumonia is swelling (inflammation) of the tissue in one or both lungs. it's usually caused by a bacterial infection. it can also be caused by a virus, such as coronavirus (covid-19).

Symptoms of pneumonia

The symptoms of pneumonia can develop suddenly over 24 to 48 hours, or they may come on more slowly over several days.

Common symptoms of pneumonia include:

  • cough – which may be dry, or produce thick yellow, green, brown or blood-stained mucus (phlegm)
  • Difficulty breathing – your breathing may be rapid and shallow, and you may feel breathless, even when resting
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • High temperature
  • Feeling generally unwell
  • Sweating and shivering
  • Loss of appetite
  • Chest pain – which gets worse when breathing or coughing

Less common symptoms include:

Who's affected

Pneumonia can affect people of any age, but it's more common, and can be more serious, in certain groups of people, such as the very young or the elderly.

People in these groups are more likely to need hospital treatment if they develop pneumonia.

What causes pneumonia

Pneumonia is usually the result of a bacterial infection.

As well as bacterial pneumonia, other types include:

  • Viral pneumonia – caused by a virus, such as coronavirus
  • Aspiration pneumonia – caused by breathing in vomit, a foreign object, such as a peanut, or a harmful substance, such as smoke or a chemical
  • Fungal pneumonia – rare in the uk and more likely to affect people with a weakened immune system
  • Hospital-acquired pneumonia – pneumonia that develops in hospital while being treated for another condition or having an operation; people in intensive care on breathing machines are particularly at risk of developing ventilator-associated pneumonia read more 

Pneumonia vaccine frequently asked questions

What is the pneumonia vaccine?

The vaccine protects against serious and potentially fatal infections, as well as the type of pneumonia caused by bacteria (pneumococcal pneumonia).

The vaccine stimulates your immune system which results in an immune response. this helps the body develop immune memory offering long lasting protection from most of the common types of pneumonia. although the pneumococcal vaccination will not protect you against coronavirus, the who recommends vaccination against respiratory illnesses like pneumonia to help protect your health**.

It can take between 2 to 3 weeks to become fully effective and be immunised from pneumonia.

We recommend that you book an appointment. you can call our pharmacy to book your appointment.

Your pneumonia vaccination will take around 15 to 20 minutes.

Our pneumonia vaccine is suitable for adults over 18, you won’t be eligible for our vaccination service if you: are under 18 years old, including babies and children have a vaccine allergy are pregnant or breastfeeding have a fever or temperature at the time of your appointment

We’re now offering a free vaccination in our pharmacy if you are high risk and usually get the pneumococcal vaccine on the nhs. these will include: babies under 2 years old adults over 65 years old people with long-term health conditions, like chronic kidney or heart disease

The pneumonia vaccination is not suitable for pregnant women and should be postponed until after pregnancy. also, the pneumonia vaccine is not suitable if you are breastfeeding.

you don’t need a pneumonia vaccination every year. for most people you will only need to have a single pneumonia vaccination.

Unlike the flu vaccine , which must be given seasonally, the pneumonia vaccine can be given at any point in the year, as you can develop pneumonia all year round. however, flu season and the winter months is a particularly important time to get vaccinated against pneumococcal pneumonia.

Yes, you can speak to a member of our pharmacy team to book your flu and pneumonia vaccine today.

No, the vaccine will not give you pneumonia. our pharmacy team will be able to answer any additional questions you may have at the time of your appointment.

Like all vaccines, pneumonia vaccines can cause some side effects. most are mild and get better in a few days. some patients don’t have any side effects of the vaccine. the most common side effects are: pain, swelling, hardness or redness where the injection has been given decreased of appetite increase in temperature muscle and joint pains very rarely the vaccines may cause a severe allergic reaction. this would normally happen within minutes of receiving the vaccine. our pharmacist will be prepared to treat you appropriately should this occur.

No, if you’re feeling unwell with a high temperature, we advise that you don’t get the vaccine. if you’ve already booked an appointment and feel unwell, please call our pharmacy to cancel or change to a time when you are feeling better.

A pneumonia infection can last up to six months, however how long pneumonia lasts depends upon the severity of your symptoms.

Yes, after starting treatment your symptoms should improve, find out more about available treatments by asking your gp or our pharmacist

Pneumonia affects your lungs and in turn your breathing, read more on pneumonia symptoms here.

Pneumonia can be life threatening if left untreated, and your symptoms are severe you may need hospital treatment. if you think you have pneumonia speak to your doctor.

The best medicine and treatment for pneumonia will depend upon the severity of your condition. for more information, talk to our pharmacist or your gp.


**World health organization coronavirus myth busters