All patients over 65 are recommended to have a seasonal influenza immunisation.
|Pneumococcus can cause diseases such as pneumonia, meningitis and blood infections. You should consider having the vaccine if you are over 65 years or have certain diseases of the lung, heart, kidney, liver and nervous system.|
What is the pneumococcus?
Pneumococcus is a bacterium (germ) which can cause pneumonia, meningitis and some other infections. Pneumonia caused by pneumococcus occurs in about 1 in 1000 adults each year. Pneumococcal infection can affect anybody. However, young children, older people and some other groups of people are at increased risk of developing a pneumococcal infection.
All people aged 65 or over should be immunised. This is a 'one-off' injection administered by a nurse.