Preventing Pneumonia With Medicare

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July 8, 2021

Around 1 million Americans contract pneumonia every year. Pneumonia is a lung infection caused by pneumococcal disease. The bacteria that causes this disease spreads directly by person-to-person contact. 


Medicare part B covers the pneumonia vaccine, which is administered as two pneumococcal shots. You are at high risk for this infection if:


  • You are over the age of 65
  • Have a chronic illness like asthma, diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, liver disease, or kidney disease. 
  • Have a condition that weakens your immune system like HIV, AIDS, or cancer
  • Live in a nursing home or other long-term care facility
  • Have cochlear implants or cerebrospinal fluid leaks
  • Smoke tobacco


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Source: Medicare.gov 


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