Get Your Pneumococcal Shot

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The pneumococcal shot is the best way to help prevent certain types of pneumonia and other pneumococcal infections.
The pneumococcal shot is the best way to help prevent certain types of pneumonia and other pneumococcal infections.

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Did you know about 1 million Americans go to the hospital with pneumonia every year? Pneumonia is a lung infection caused by pneumococcal disease, which can also cause blood infections and meningitis. The pneumococcal shot is the best way to help prevent certain types of pneumonia and other pneumococcal infections. Medicare Part B covers the initial shot, plus a second shot (a year after you’ve gotten the initial shot). Talk with your doctor to see if you need one or both shots.

Wondering about other vaccines covered under Medicare? Your doctor can help you figure out which shots are right for you.

Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers a pneumococcal shot to prevent pneumococcal infections (like certain types of pneumonia). Part B also covers a different second shot if it’s given one year (or later) after the first shot. Talk with your doctor or other health care provider to see if you need one or both shots.

Who’s eligible?

All people with Part B are covered.

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Your costs in Original Medicare

You pay nothing for pneumococcal shots if your doctor or other qualified healthcare provider accepts an assignment.

Note

Your doctor or other healthcare providers may recommend you get services more often than Medicare covers. Or, they may recommend services that Medicare doesn’t cover. If this happens, you may have to pay some or all of the costs. Ask questions so you understand why your doctor is recommending certain services and whether Medicare will pay for them.