Pneumonia & shingles

Welcome to vaccines!

1. Prevent Pneumonia

Vaccines can help prevent infection by some of the bacteria and viruses that cause pneumonia: e.g. Hib, flu, measles, whooping cough, chickenpox.

Some people with symptoms of covid-19 infection develop pneumonia. Most such cases are viral pneumonia complications. Some others may be bacterial pneumonia caused by bacteria invading the lungs of covid-19 patients. Vaccinations are available against bacterial pneumonia.

Encourage friends and loved ones to make sure they are up to date with their vaccines, including the pneumonia vaccine (PPV, protects against 23 strains). These vaccines are free from the NHS to those of us aged 65 or more. Others have to pay £30-70.


2. Prevent Shingles

A red, blotchy rash on 1 side of the chest.
photo of shingles

Shingles is an infection that causes a painful rash. It can take up to 4 weeks for the rash to heal. Some people are left with long-lasting pain called PHN for years after the initial rash has healed.

After you’ve recovered from chickenpox, the varicella-zoster virus lies dormant in your nerve cells and can reactivate at a later stage when your immune system is weakened.

A shingles vaccine is available on the NHS for people in their 70s. It reduces your risk of getting shingles and, if you do get it after being vaccinated, the symptoms can be much milder.

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