Eligible patients for the NHS Pneumococcal Immunisation Programme

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Eligible patients for the NHS Pneumococcal Immunisation Programme

PNEUMOVAX® 23 (pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine)
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Pneumococcal disease poses a burden to the community all year round – not only in winter, unlike seasonal influenza.1

Certain patients are at increased risk of complications

Both at-risk individuals and over-65-year-olds have a higher risk of developing pneumococcal disease, longer duration of hospitalisation and/or higher rates of mortality.2-6

Public health policy recommends PPV23 in patients with COPD and diabetes, as well as adults over 65, as part of the NHS Pneumococcal National Immunisation Programme in the UK* - reference 7

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Your patients may be unprotected against pneumococcal disease8

PPV coverage rate for patients - COPD 56.8% protected, 43.2% unprotected; diabetes 56.2% protected, 43.8% unprotected; over 65s 71.5% protected, 28.5% unprotected

Other clinical risk groups eligible for PPV237

  • Asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen
  • Diabetes requiring insulin or anti-diabetic medication
  • Chronic respiratory disease (chronic respiratory disease refers to chronic lower respiratory tract disease) including COPD
  • Immunosuppression
  • Chronic heart disease
  • Individuals with cochlear implants
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Individuals with cerebrospinal fluid leaks
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Occupational risk

Please refer to the Green Book – Immunisation against infectious disease (Chapter 25)1, for a full list of children aged 2 years and over and adults, considered at risk.7

PPV23 can be administered at your clinic all year round
Order and start vaccinating today7,9

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Find further resources on the use of PPV23 in your eligible patients on our Resources page

*PNEUMOVAX® 23 (pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine) is recommended for active immunisation against pneumococcal disease in children aged from 2 years, adolescents and adults.9

COPD = chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; PPV = pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine.


  1. Torres A, et al. Thorax 2015;70(10):984–989.
  2. Martins M, et al. BMJ Open Diabetes Res Care. 2016;4:e000181.
  3. Falcone M, et al. Medicine 2016;95(5):e2531.
  4. Restrepo MI, et al. Tuberc Respir Dis. 2018;81:187–197.
  5. Dai RX, et al. BMC Pulm Med. 2018;18(1):12.
  6. Grant LR, et al. Expert Rev Vaccines. 2021;20(6):691–705.
  7. The Green Book – Immunisation against infectious disease (January 2020). Chapter 25 – Pneumococcal. Available at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/857267/GB_Chapter_25_pneumococcal_January_2020.pdf.
  8. UK Health Security Agency. Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine (PPV) coverage report, England, April 2021 to March 2022. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pneumococcal-polysaccharide-vaccine-ppv-vaccine-coverage-estimates/pneumococcal-polysaccharide-vaccine-ppv-coverage-report-england-april-2021-to-march-2022.
  9. Pneumovax-23 Summary of Product Characteristics. Available at: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/9692/smpc.

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PNEUMOVAX® 23 (pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine)
Prescribing Information

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