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Pneumonia vaccine - is it only needed once?

(29 Posts)
Franbern Sun 26-Jul-20 13:15:51

I receiving my Pneumonia jab, several years ago, and have always understood this is only required once. So, was rather surprised when one of my daughters who has no spleen was told by her GP that it requires repeating every five years.

Upon checking information on this I discovered the following, wonder know how many people know this?-

hello People aged 65 and over only need a single pneumococcal vaccination. This vaccine is not given annually like the flu jab. People with a long-term health condition may need just a single one-off pneumococcal vaccination or vaccination every 5 years, depending on their underlying health problem.

Puzzler61 Sun 26-Jul-20 13:20:26

I had one aged 7 years ago (under age 65 - I have asthma) and I thought I was told it lasted 10 years.
I haven’t been offered one after 5.

Puzzler61 Sun 26-Jul-20 13:21:12

*about, - not aged!

ElaineI Sun 26-Jul-20 13:24:51

What you have said is correct Franbern and your GPs or Practice Nurses should be able to tell you. People immunocompromised need it every 5 years.

Charleygirl5 Sun 26-Jul-20 13:30:31

I had mine a few years ago and I was told it was a once only jab.

Scribbles Sun 26-Jul-20 13:35:54

I had one shortly after I was 65 and was told it was a online-only thing.

silverlining48 Sun 26-Jul-20 13:45:41

We understood it to last 10 years.

MiniMoon Sun 26-Jul-20 13:48:45

This is from the NHS website,

People aged 65 and over only need a single pneumococcal vaccination. This vaccine is not given annually like the flu jab.

People with a long-term health condition may need just a single one-off pneumococcal vaccination or vaccination every 5 years, depending on their underlying health problem.

humptydumpty Sun 26-Jul-20 14:34:30

Had one very recently at my GP practice, the nurse said it was a once-only injection (and I have asthma so underlying condition).

Caramac Sun 26-Jul-20 14:37:22

I have asthma and diabetes so qualify for the pneumonia vaccination. Under 65 years old. I was told it lasts 10 years.

Liz46 Sun 26-Jul-20 14:40:08

I had pneumonia the year after I had the jab. I think there are two different types of pneumonia so I must have had the one that the jab doesn't cover.

I do not normally nap during the day but all I could do was get up in the morning, have a shower, clean pajamas and go back to bed and sleep.

Largolass Sun 26-Jul-20 14:51:20

A couple of years after I had my pneumonia vaccine I was rushed into hospital after returning home from a holiday in Istanbul and spent two weeks on intravenous antibiotics and oxygen.

kissngate Sun 26-Jul-20 15:04:33

I was given the vaccine nearly 10 years ago and told I could have another when 10 years was up.

Puzzler61 Sun 26-Jul-20 15:21:31

I wonder if it’s one of those cases of following a separate set of guidelines in different health regions?

Presuming some of you grans are in Scotland, are you?

BlueBelle Sun 26-Jul-20 15:51:22

I was told it was a once in a lifetime I think I had it at 70 ( not sure) so I ll ask again after 10 years

Puzzler61 Sun 26-Jul-20 16:05:39

Sorry to hear of your horrendous experience Largolass
Thank goodness it didn’t happen while you were on holiday.

BlueSky Sun 26-Jul-20 23:54:44

Same with the tetanus jab. It used to be every 10 years, when I had my one and only aged 66, I was told it won't need to be done again!

Largolass Mon 27-Jul-20 08:53:09

Thank you Puzzler61

I'm in Scotland and it's every 10 years according to my surgery

Teetime Mon 27-Jul-20 09:41:02

I have just had mine and told it was a one off. DH does not have a spleen and he has one every 5 years.

Scribbles Mon 27-Jul-20 10:48:09

I just spotted the autocorrect howler in my post of yesterday. To clarify: my pneumonia vaccination was a one-time thing. The NHS has not yet found a way of doing 'em via the web!

A few years ago, I was told that tetanus shots should be repeated every 10 years then, 2 years ago, I asked about getting mine redone as the ten years were up and now the practice is to repeat every 10 years up to a maximum of five times in a lifetime. I worked out that I'd previously had it four times so the nurse administered my final dose.

So, if I live to be 125 and cut myself on a dozen rusty tins, I should be protected!

Franbern Mon 10-Aug-20 10:29:15

My daughter whose spleen was removed some thirty yhears ago due to an auto-immune illness, has now had this injection again. Seems the problem lay with a nurse at her GP practice, who decided to remove from my daughters notes the requirement for this to be given every five years. It always was and they used to call her in for it.
Saw her GP, who has now put it back into her notes.
My daughter works in NHS (Mental Health), and for the past couple of months has had to work totally from home, due to being sent a Shielding Letter. She has now returned for a couple of days each week to her office - and is much happier.
She is on continuous daily low level anti-biotics, but does feel aggrieved that such an important piece of information in her notes was taken out by a Nurse (or Health Care worker) at the surgery - obviously, without that person having the full and correct information.

Callistemon Mon 10-Aug-20 11:49:40

Scribbles I was relieved to read your second post as I'd been trying to find out how that works grin

Thank goodness for this thread, it's a reminder that I'm due to go for mine soon and to ask if I'll need it again in 5 years.

Thank you Franbern

glammanana Mon 10-Aug-20 11:59:52

Largolass I had the jab when I was 65 and told it was a once off injection I had the flu jab at the same time and had the most horrible reaction I was so poorly for 2/3 weeks and couldn't get out of bed it was like having a really nasty case of pheumonia

Megs36 Mon 10-Aug-20 19:49:34

We had the jab ages ago and were told as other posters we would only have one,, however my husband has had pneumonia twice since, once in March at start of lockdown, very scary, but almost a relief it wasn’t Corona, he has COPD and had lung cancer four years very vulnerable and took weeks to shake off the infection, are there different strains of pneumonia I wonder?

Scribbles Mon 10-Aug-20 21:37:25

Megs, the vaccination is against the common forms of bacterial pneumonia. It won't prevent you from contracting pneumonia through a virus which is probably what happened to your husband. Hope he's feeling better now.