Pneumococcal shots

Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance)

 covers 2 different pneumococcal shots. Part B covers the first shot at any time and a different, second shot if it’s given at least one year after the first shot.

Your costs in Original Medicare

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

assignment

 for giving the shots.

note:

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 if, or how much, Medicare will pay for them.

 

What it is

The 2 shots protect against different strains of the bacteria that cause pneumonia.

Things to know

Talk with your doctor or other health care provider to see if you need one or both shots.

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