Health ministry to start pneumococcal vaccinations in Cyprus from January 7.. 2020

On January 7 the ministry of health will start pneumococcal vaccinations, the ministry announced .

The vaccines, against the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae, can prevent some cases of pneumonia, meningitis, and sepsis.

They are meant for people in high-risk groups, such as all persons older than 65 and those with a weakened immune system.
Inter alia, the vaccination is recommended for people with sickle cell anemia, HIV, symptomatic and asymptomatic patients with HIV, leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, kidney failure, nephrotic syndrome and conditions associated with immunosuppression such as immunosuppressed transplant recipients, rheumatologic patients and those taking corticosteroids.
It is also recommended for people of all ages who suffer from chronic diseases such as cardiovascular problems, pulmonary disease, diabetes and people with cochlear implants.

For some of the groups two doses over a five-year-interval will be administered and for others one dose.

The vaccines will be given out at the vaccination centres of the health ministry as follows:

Nicosia district:

Old Nicosia hospital

Contact telephone: 22-801609

Monday to Friday from 7.30am until 3pm

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