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    Default Pneumococcal vaccine for adults?

    Does anyone know if it's possible for an adult under 65 (not indigenous) to get the pneumococcal vaccine, I would assume at a cost?

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    You can get a prescription for pneumovax or mencevax (different strains of pneumococcal) & get your pharmacy to order it in. Pneumovax is the one on the schedule for older people, I don't think it's very expensive.

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    Mencevax targets Meningitis causing bacterias (Meningococcus), whereas Pnemovax targets Pnemococcal bacteria (although pneumococcal bacteria can sometimes cause meningitis, but thats another story altogether)
    Generally speaking Pneumovax (23valent) is not recommended unless you are elderly, have a immune-compromising medical condirtion (includes being a smoker) or are at high risk, because the effectiveness of the vaccine may decrease with each vaccination and the duration of protection is relatively short-lived (5yrs or so).
    Prevanar (13valent) is not generally recommended for adults under 50.

    Probably best to have a chat with a good GP

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    Thanks everyone. The reason I was asking is because I've got lobar pneumonia ( confirmed bacterial) and don't ever want to have it again!


 

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