Pneumonia Vaccination Service

Boots Pneumonia Vaccination Service offers protection against 20 strains of streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria. You’ll receive a one-off vaccination that offers long-lasting protection against pneumococcal pneumonia. You can have the vaccination at any time of the year and no annual booster doses are needed. Please note this is not an NHS service.


What is pneumonia?


Pneumonia is a serious infection that can affect anyone. Pneumonia can spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing. Each year in the UK, approximately 5-11 adults out of every 1,000 get pneumonia


Who is this service suitable for?


The Boots Pneumonia Vaccination Service is suitable for people aged 18 and over.*


Pneumonia can affect anyone of any age, but it’s more common and can be more serious in certain groups of people including:

• Elderly people

• People who smoke

• People with other health conditions, such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, or a heart, kidney or liver condition

• People with a weakened immune system


The vaccination is also useful for those travelling to areas which have higher levels of pneumococcal infections. Examples include countries in Africa and South East Asia.^


If you’re 65 or over, you’re eligible for a free NHS pneumonia vaccination. If you haven’t already had the NHS vaccination, speak to your GP. You may be eligible for a free pneumonia vaccination from your GP if you’re under 65 and have a long-term health condition.^^ The NHS vaccination is a different type of vaccination to the one used in the Boots service.


This service isn’t suitable for anyone who’s:


• Pregnant or breastfeeding

• Currently having chemotherapy or radiotherapy

• Had an allergic reaction to any injections or vaccinations in the past


This isn’t a complete list and suitability will be checked before the vaccination is administered.

STEP 1

Book an appointment online or in-store.

This service is offered at most Boots pharmacies*

STEP 2

Attend your appointment.

Our clinician will discuss the service with you and answer any questions you may have

STEP 3

Receive your vaccination

If it’s right for you, our clinician will administer the vaccination and advise you to remain in the pharmacy for five minutes in case of any immediate side effects 

How long will the in-store appointment take?


Your appointment will take around 15 minutes.


What else do I need to know before the appointment?


Our clinician will vaccinate into your upper arm, so it’s best to wear a short-sleeved top to your appointment. They will talk to you about possible side effects before the vaccination. Please also read the patient information leaflet before your appointment.


How much does this service cost?


Our Pneumonia Vaccination Service costs £70.

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