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Pneumococcal Disease

Pneumococcal disease is the term used to describe infections caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae. Pneumococcal infection causes a broad range of disease in older people and is the most common cause of serious pneumonia.

Statistics from the Health Protection Agency say that Pneumococcal Disease causes approximately 5,000 -6,000 cases annually. In addition, there are an estimated 40,000 hospitalisations due to pneumococcal pneumonia, 40,000 GP consultations for pneumococcal related community acquired pneumonia and over 63,000 for pneumococcal otitis media in England and Wales each year.

The Vaccine

Pneumococcal vaccination was introduced into the childhood immunisation programme in 2006, and is also recommended for those who fall into a ‘risk group’ or are 65 years and over.

Pneumococcal vaccine is recommended for:

For further information:

For more information  - NHS Choices