Vaccinations for people with COPD

5) Pneumococcal vaccine – how is it given

A doctor giving a young man a vaccination injection in the upper arm.

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Most people only need one dose of pneumococcal vaccine. However if you have certain medical conditions (kidney disease and problems with your immune system) you may need a booster every 5 years.

It is given by injection to the upper outer area of your arm. It takes only seconds. It can be given at the same time as your flu vaccine.

Side effects are usually mild and only last a day or two. They may include swelling, redness and pain at the injection site. Occasionally some people experience fever and muscle pain.