If you're under 65 and don't have any of the below risk factors you can safely visit a local pharmacy to check appointment availability.
If you are over 65 or have one or more of the below risk factors please speak to your GP as we no-longer have availability of the Pneumovax vaccination.
- Over 65 years old
- Have asthma
- Have a chronic respiratory, heart or liver condition
- Have diabetes
Who can have the pneumonia vaccine?
At LloydsPharmacy we offer a private pneumococcal vaccination in store for anyone over the age of 18.
A pneumococcal infection can affect anyone, but there are some groups of people who are at a higher risk of serious illness and are recommended to have the pneumococcal vaccination on the NHS at their GP. These include; babies, adults aged 65 or over, children and adults with certain long-term health conditions.
How our pneumonia vaccination service works
Book online or visit your local LloydsPharmacy.
During your appointment one of our pharmacists will ask you a few questions to make sure the vaccine is right for you.
If suitable you will be given the vaccination in your local store.
How much does the pneumonia vaccination cost?
You can protect yourself with a vaccine for £30 or £70. There are two pneumonia vaccines available, and our pharmacist will ensure you receive the most appropriate vaccine for you at your appointment.
Pneumovax 23 is priced at £30 which is usually given to those over 65 who smoke or have a chronic respiratory, heart or liver condition such as asthma or diabetes.
Prevenar 13 is priced at £70 which is usually given to those aged 18-64 who aren’t living with a long-term condition or smoke.
Talk to the healthcare team at your local LloydsPharmacy for more information.
What is pneumonia?
Pneumonia is an infection in one or both lungs, it causes inflammation which can make it difficult to breathe. It 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, those with long term conditions such as diabetes and those with a weakened immune system.
What causes pneumonia?
There are many causes of pneumonia, the most common are viruses and bacteria, such as the coronavirus (COVID-19) or Streptococcus bacteria.
What are the symptoms of pneumonia?
- A cough: which may be dry, or produce think 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
- Rapid heartbeat
- Feeling generally unwell
- Sweating and shivering
- Loss of appetite
- Chest pain: which gets worse when breathing or coughing
Less common symptoms include:
- Coughing up blood
- Feeling sick or being sick
- Joint or muscle pain
- Feeling confused and disorientated, particularly in elderly people
If you have a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell, use the 111 online coronavirus service. If you have other symptoms of pneumonia, contact your GP or use the regular 111 online service.
Keeping you safe when you visit us
During the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic we are working hard to ensure that our pharmacists can provide services, care and advice to you safely. Here are some of the things we are doing to keep you safe.
We're providing the service in line with the Government guidance on social distancing.
Our colleagues will be wearing PPE.
We will be aiming to limit the time you spend in contact with our pharmacists in our consultation room.
We will clean the consultation room before and after every appointment.
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).
What will the vaccination protect against?
The pneumonia vaccine will help protect you against pneumococcal infections, caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pneumoniae. It’s this bacterium which can lead to pneumonia and meningitis.
What are the two types of pneumonia injections?
We will have two vaccinations available; Pneumovax 23 and Prevenar 13, our pharmacist will let you know which one is more suitable for you.
How many pneumonia shots are there?
The number of pneumonia vaccinations required will depend upon your age and whether you have certain health conditions. For example, babies have two injections at 12 weeks old and one year old.
There are two different types of vaccine available, and our pharmacist will be able to provide the one that’s most suitable for you.
How does the pneumonia vaccine work?
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**.
How long before the pneumonia vaccine takes effect?
It can take between 2 to 3 weeks to become fully effective and be immunised from pneumonia.
How long does a pneumonia vaccine last?
Generally, immunity given by a pneumonia vaccine tends to last a lifetime and therefore you may only need one vaccination. Depending on your age or whether you have a certain health condition and the type of vaccination you have, you may need a booster every five years. It’s best to speak to your doctor or a pharmacist about which option is right for you.
Do I need to book an appointment?
We recommend that you book an appointment, you can do this online with our booking form or by contacting your local LloydsPharmacy.
How long will the in-store consultation take?
Your pneumonia vaccination will take around 15 minutes.
Who isn’t eligible for the vaccination?
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
Am I eligible for a free pneumonia vaccine?
We’re not offering a free vaccination in our pharmacies, however you may be able to get one at your GP surgery 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
Am I at risk of pneumonia? How do I know?
There are certain people that are more at risk of developing pneumonia. These people are also entitled to a free NHS pneumonia jab.
- Adults aged 65 and over
- Those aged 2-64 with a health condition that increases their risk of pneumonia infections
- Anyone in an occupation that poses a risk
Your doctor will be able to tell you if you’re at risk and are eligible for an NHS pneumonia vaccine.
Can children have the pneumococcal vaccine?
We won’t be able to vaccinate children and babies at our pharmacies, however babies born on or after 1st January 2020 will have the vaccine as part of their routine childhood vaccinations.
Can I have the vaccine if I’m pregnant or breastfeeding?
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.
Should diabetics get the pneumonia vaccine?
According to the NHS, people living with diabetes in the UK, are recommended to have the pneumonia vaccine which is available on the NHS. Make sure to speak to your doctor or diabetic nurse about getting your pneumonia jab.
Should I get the pneumonia vaccine? Why?
If you’re in one of the high-risk groups, then it is recommended that you get the pneumonia vaccine which is available on the NHS. People outside of the risk groups can also get the vaccine privately. To make sure it’s right for you we recommend talking to a pharmacist or doctor for advice. We now offer the pneumonia vaccine at your local LloydsPharmacy.
Should I get a pneumonia vaccine every year?
You don’t need a pneumonia vaccination every year. For most people you will only need to have a single pneumonia vaccination.
How often is pneumonia vaccine given?
The pneumonia vaccine tends to be given as a one-off vaccine; this means you may only need one dose during your lifetime. However, how often you need a vaccine will depend on your age and whether you have certain long-term health conditions.
When should I get the pneumococcal vaccine?
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.
Can I get the flu vaccine and pneumonia vaccine at the same time?
Yes, you can book online or speak to a member of our pharmacy team to book your flu and pneumonia vaccine today.
What is the importance of flu and pneumonia vaccines?
Getting the flu and pneumonia vaccinations can help protect you and those around you from catching flu or developing pneumonia.
Will the pneumonia vaccine give me pneumonia?
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.
What are the pneumonia vaccine side effects?
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.
Can I get the vaccine if I’m feeling unwell?
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 your chosen pharmacy to cancel or change to a time when you are feeling better.
How long does pneumonia last for?
A pneumonia infection can last up to six months, however how long pneumonia lasts depends upon the severity of your symptoms.
Can pneumonia be cured?
Yes, after starting treatment your symptoms should improve, find out more about available treatments in our guide.
What happens to your body when you have pneumonia?
Pneumonia affects your lungs and in turn your breathing, our pneumonia symptoms guide explains exactly what happens to your body when you get pneumonia.
What happens if pneumonia is left untreated?
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.
What is the best medicine for pneumonia?
The best medicine and treatment for pneumonia will depend upon the severity of your condition. Our treatment guide details which medicines can help relieve pneumonia symptoms.
**World Health Organization Coronavirus Myth Busters