Pneumococcal shots

Pneumococcal shots

How often is it covered?

 covers pneumococcal shots to help prevent pneumococcal infections (like certain types of pneumonia). The two shots protect against different strains of the bacteria. Medicare covers the first shot at any time, and 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 of the pneumococcal shots.

Who's eligible?

All people with Part B are covered.


Your costs in Original Medicare

You pay nothing for pneumococcal shots if your doctor or other qualified health care provider accepts 



Your doctor or other health care provider 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.


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