Pneumonia Vaccination Service
Our Pneumonia Vaccination Service can help protect against some of the most common strains of the bacteria that cause pneumococcal pneumonia
What is pneumonia?
Pneumonia is an infection that affects around eight in 1,000* adults in the UK each year and is more common in autumn and winter. It's an infection that can cause serious illness and even death.
There are currently two different pneumonia vaccinations available in the UK. The vaccination offered in the Boots Pneumonia Vaccination Service helps protect against some of the most common strains of the Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria.
There's also a vaccination available on the NHS. This also helps protect against common strains of Streptococcus pneumonia. It's a different type of vaccination to the one used in the Boots service.
The Boots service doesn't replace the need for the free NHS vaccination and, if eligible, you might benefit from the additional protection offered by both. Ask your pharmacist for advice on this, if needed.
You may be eligible for the free NHS vaccination if, for example, you are:
- Aged 65 or over
- Have a long-term health condition such as diabetes**
Am I at risk?
The risk of catching pneumonia increases with age. If you’re under 50 with no long-term conditions then the risk is quite low. But the risk increases from the age of 50, especially if you have a medical condition such as heart disease or diabetes. That’s why we’re offering this service to those aged 50 and over.
The Boots Pneumonia Vaccination Service is suitable for those aged 50 and over.*** The service is not suitable for:
- Anyone who's had a reaction to any previous injection or vaccination
- Anyone with a fever on the day of the appointment (your vaccination will need to be rescheduled)
- Anyone who has had a pneumonia vaccination in the last 12 months
Talk to the pharmacist before booking an appointment if you have a medical condition that affects your immune system, as the service may not be suitable for you.
How it works
Book an appointment
You can book online or in store to see a pharmacist at a selected Boots pharmacy
Consultation with a pharmacist
Our pharmacist will discuss the service with you, including any side effects and how the vaccination will be given
Receive your vaccination
If it’s right for you, our pharmacist will administer the vaccination and ask you to remain in the pharmacy for five minutes in case of any immediate side effects
What will the vaccination protect against?
The vaccination encourages your body to produce antibodies to help protect you from pneumococcal infection. This means you're less likely to become ill if you come into contact with the bacteria that cause pneumonia.
Prevenar 13 is the name of the pneumococcal vaccine that you’ll be given if eligible. Our pharmacist will vaccinate into the muscle of your upper arm so it may help if you wear a loose fitting top.
As with all medicines, there may be some side effects. Very common side effects include:
- Pain, tenderness, swelling or redness around the site of the injection
Other common side effects in people aged over 50 include:
- Decreased appetite
- Muscle and joint aches
- Limitation of arm movement
Less common side effects include:
- Feeling sick
- Allergic reactions
- Swollen lymph glands near the injection site
In the rare event that an allergic reaction occurs at the time of the injection, our pharmacists are trained to deal with this. Speak to our pharmacist if you have any concerns about the vaccination or possible side effects.
Benefits of the service
- Flexible: Book with us at a time that suits you
- Expert advice: Get your questions answered face-to-face
- Collect points: Collect Boots Advantage Card points
How long will the in-store consultation take?
The Boots Pneumonia Vaccination Service costs £70 and only one vaccination is needed
Frequently asked questionsWhat is pneumonia?
Pneumonia is the swelling and inflammation of the tissue in one or both lungs. It’s usually caused by bacteria called Streptococcus pneumonia (also known as pneumococcus). A pneumococcal vaccination can help to protect you from getting the disease. The vaccination offered in the Boots Pneumonia Vaccination Service provides protection against some of the most common strains of the Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria. Pneumonia can affect any individual, but certain factors such as age and some health conditions can place individuals at greater risk.
As part of the consultation, the pharmacist will ask about previous medical conditions and medication to check that the vaccination is suitable. If you're interested in the service but aren’t sure if it's suitable for you, please speak to a Boots pharmacist in one of the participating Boots stores and they will advise you further. To find your nearest service, view our list of participating stores.
Pneumonia is usually caused by bacteria called Streptococcus pneumoniae. A pneumococcal vaccination can help to protect you from getting the disease. The vaccination offered in the Boots Pneumonia Vaccination Service provides protection against some of the most common strains of the Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria.
This service is currently only available in selected stores. However, you can keep a look out on our website for more updates and information. This is a new service and therefore we may look to expand this in the future.
There are currently two different pneumonia vaccinations available in the UK. The vaccination offered in the Boots Pneumonia Vaccination Service provides protection against some of the most common strains of the Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria. This is not available on the NHS. The NHS pneumonia vaccination also protects against common strains of Streptococcus pneumoniae, but it is a different type of vaccination to the one used in the Boots service. The Boots service does not replace the need for the free NHS vaccination if you’re eligible for this, for example, if you’re aged 65 or over or have a long‐term health condition such as diabetes.* If you haven’t already had the NHS vaccination but think you may be eligible for it, ask your pharmacist or doctor for more information.
*Please visit the NHS vaccinations page for more information on long-term illnesses eligible for the free NHS pneumococcal vaccination.
Only one vaccination is required for long‐term protection.
The service costs £70 and only one vaccination is required for long‐term protection.
The pneumonia vaccination is only required once in a lifetime, whereas it’s advised that you have the flu vaccination annually. It's also a different medication, and therefore has different supplier costs.
The ingredients in the pneumonia vaccination provided by the Boots Pneumonia Vaccination Service are: pneumococcal polysaccharide, various serotypes conjugated to CRM197 carrier protein and adsorbed on aluminium phosphate (0.125mg aluminium), sodium chloride, succinic acid, polysorbate 80 and water for injections.
Looking for more information?
Our in-store pharmacy teams can answer any questions you may have or you can learn more by reading our Pneumonia Vaccination Service leaflet.
**Please visit the NHS website for more information on long term illnesses eligible for the free NHS pneumonia vaccination
***Subject to eligibility criteria, specially trained pharmacist and stock availability, available in selected stores, charges apply