Pneumonia jab advice

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WEARSIDERS at risk of developing pneumonia are today being urged to protect themselves by getting a jab against the illness.

The pneumococcal vaccine – also known as the pneumo jab – provides protection against illnesses such as pneumonia, meningitis and septicaemia (blood poisoning).

They can sometimes be described as invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD).

People aged 65 and over, the very young and anyone with a long-term health condition such as heart, lung, liver or kidney disease, diabetes or a weakened immune system, are more at risk.

For more information on pneumococcal disease, IPD or the pneumo jab go to www.hpa.org.uk or www.nhs.uk.