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Introduction to Pneumococcal Disease and Vaccinations

16% of people aged over 65 years of age have been vaccinated
against pneumococcal disease in Ireland, according to market research.
That means that over 400,000 people could be at risk of contracting pneumonia, meningitis or septicaemia – all caused by pneumococcal infection. (1,2,3)

Of those who contract pneumococcal infection, also known as the pneumo bug, and who develop invasive disease 1 in 4 will develop pneumonia, 1 in 4 will develop meningitis, and 1 in 10 will die.(4)

However, pneumococcal vaccines are available free of charge to those in at risk groups which could help protect against pneumococal disease. Find out more about pneumococcal disease and speak to your GP today about how you can protect yourself.

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Seven Reasons You Should Know Pneumo

  1. Pneumococcal disease will be present in Ireland this winter and invasive disease can lead to 1 in 4 developing pneumonia, 1 in 4 developing meningitis, and 1 in 10 dying (4)
  2. Over 400,000 Irish people over 65 could be at risk from this bug (2)
  3. It spreads by close contact, coughing and sneezing (3)
  4. It can cause serious illness including pneumonia, meningitis and septicaemia (3)
  5. Vaccines are available which are recommended by the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (3)
  6. For those over two years this is generally a one-off injection available from GPs and is free of charge to certain at risk groups
  7. 84% of over 65s have not received the vaccination (1)

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Get The Facts on
Pneumococcal Disease?
Who is at risk of
Pneumococcal Disease?
How Can You Protect Yourself from Pneumococcal Disease?
Pneumococcal disease is an important cause of serious illness in adults. It is caused by a common bacteria which can attack different parts of the body.
Young children, older adults and immunocompromised individuals are at increased risk of developing pneumococcal disease.
The Immunisation Guidelines for Ireland recommend that infants, certain at risk groups and everyone 65 years or older should be offered pneumococcal vaccination.
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1. Sanofi Pasteur MSD, Data on File, IR00189
2. Central Statistics Office by age, 2011 (Last accessed August 2013)
3. (Last accessed September 2015)
4. last accessed September 2015)
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