You have made a very good point about vaccination - I had one because I was my husband's carer although I was just slightly under age!The same jab also vaccinates against meningitis and septicaemia
I don't know, I assume there are single vaccinations that only cover pneumonia, but I do know that the one that is now being given as standard for people over 65/those with chronic health problems (eg asthma) and possibly carers under certain conditions, it is the three in one.BeckyJan said:Do all pneumonia jabs cover meningitis and septicaemia? I had not realised that and, if so, find it quite comforting - all to do with needing to keep myself healthy as I am the one carer.
Thanks for the info. Best wishes Jan
So it seems that the same bacterium can cause all three illnesses, so the same vaccine will protect against all three.Pneumococcal disease is an infection caused by the bacterium. Streptococcus pneumoniae usually lives harmlessly in the back of many peoples’ throats. However, it can invade other parts of the body and cause serious, possibly life-threatening illnesses, notably:
septicaemia or ‘blood poisoning'
One of the main natural defences against pneumococcal disease is a powerful immune system, which fights off the infection. Certain medical conditions and advancing age can weaken the immune system and make you more likely to develop a serious infection.
Yep I think it depends on where the infection happens: lungs=pneumonia, membrans protecting nervous system (meninges)=meningitis, blood=septicaemiaSkye said:Just been doing some googling:
So it seems that the same bacterium can cause all three illnesses, so the same vaccine will protect against all three.