We need to talk about Pneumonia. There are 674,000 Americans that end up in the emergency room every year with Pneumonia. Spread by person-person contact, Pneumonia is a lung infection that starts as a bacterium that causes pneumococcal disease. This can also cause blood infections and meningitis.
Higher risk patients include:
- Those who are 65 and older
- Have a chronic illness (diabetes, asthma, or even heart, kidney, or lung disease)
- A condition that compromises your immune system (cancer, HIV, AIDS)
- If you live in a nursing home or other type of long-term facility
- Smoke tobacco
- Have cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks or cochlear implants
Check out this video to find out more about Medicare-covered vaccines. Medicare Part B covers the pneumococcal shot and a second shot one year after you received your first shot. This can help protect you from pneumococcal infections.