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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