The pneumococcal vaccine (also known as the pneumonia vaccine) protects against serious and potentially fatal pneumococcal infections.
Pneumococcal infections are caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae and can lead to pneumonia, septicaemia, and meningitis. Illnesses that can cause brain damage or kill.
A pneumococcal infection can affect anyone, but some people are at higher risk of serious illness, including:
- Adults aged 65 or over
- People with certain long-term health conditions
- Find out who should have the pneumococcal vaccine
People aged 65 and over only need a single pneumococcal vaccination – a top up may be necessary every 5 years.