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Pneumococcal vaccination

What are pneumococci?

Behind the term pneumococci are bacteria (Streptococcus pneumoniae) that are mainly caused by a flu-like infection through droplet infection, i.e. usually through coughing or sneezing , be transmitted. Depending on the region of the world and depending on age, different pneumococcal strains are responsible for different diseases, some of which are life-threatening. For example, they cause the majority of all bacterial pneumonias. Other serious illnesses such as sinusitis, middle ear inflammation and meningitis as well as blood poisoning are also caused by pneumococci.

Infants and small children in particular are at risk because their immune system is not yet able to fight a disease on its own To ward off pneumococcal infection. But even if you have a chronic illness or your immune system is weakened by a bad cold, for example, this promotes a pneumococcal infection. That's why the risk of infection is particularly high in the cold season.

When does a pneumococcal vaccination make sense? 
The Standing Vaccination Commission (STIKO) recommends that all adults aged 60 and over be vaccinated against pneumococci.

A general refresher is currently not recommended, but may make sense depending on the individual risk profile and must therefore be assessed by a doctor.

About this In addition, vaccination against pneumococci is recommended for all people with an increased health risk due to certain previous illnesses or with an occupational risk.

How is the pneumococcal vaccination carried out and what needs to be taken into account?

The pneumococcal vaccination Vaccination is a dead vaccine. There are different vaccines on the market that are used depending on the indication. For people over 60 years of age, a pneumococcal vaccine that protects against 23 different types of pneumococci (PPSV23) should be used.

The vaccination is given in your upper arm muscle. The stimulation of the body's own immune system often leads to redness or swelling at the injection site, which can also be painful. General symptoms such as fever, headache, fatigue and muscle and joint pain can also occur in the first three days after vaccination. Such vaccination reactions usually subside after one to three days.

What should I do?

To check whether you have vaccination protection, simply make an appointment to check your vaccination status at one of our Avi Medical practices and discuss it with our team of doctors.

The team will tell you whether you are already protected or whether you should receive a vaccination. The doctors will also check whether there are other vaccinations that would be useful for you and, if necessary, will carry them out directly.