Did you understand that 674,000 Americans go to the emergency clinic with pneumonia every year? Pneumonia is a lung infection caused by pneumococcal illness, which can also trigger blood infections and meningitis. The germs that triggers pneumococcal illness spreads by direct person-to-person contact. There’s a vaccine to help prevent pneumonia, however only 64% of grownups 65 and over have actually ever gotten it.
Medicare can assist safeguard you from pneumococcal infections. The pneumococcal shot is the very best method to assist avoid these infections. Medicare Part B covers the shot and a second shot one year after you got the very first shot.
You may be at a greater danger for these infections if you:
- Are 65 or older
- Have a chronic disease (like asthma, lung, or diabetes, heart, liver, or kidney disease)
- Have a condition that damages 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 (CSF) leaks
- Smoke tobacco
Learn more about Medicare-covered vaccines by watching our video. Avoiding pneumonia is simple– get your pneumococcal shot today.