| Thu, Nov 12, 2015 @ 09:00 AM

This Just In: People 65+ May Now Need 2 Pneumonia Shots

Posted by Medicare Made Clear

pneumonia vaccineThe pneumonia vaccination guidelines for older adults have just been updated. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) now recommends people 65 years or older get vaccinated for pneumonia twice, 12 months apart, each time using a different type of vaccine, instead of getting vaccinated once.1 People who receive the two types of vaccines may be better protected against over 90 types of pneumococcal bacteria.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) protects against 13 types of pneumococcal bacteria that cause most of the severe illness in children and adults. The vaccine is recommended for children, adults 19 years or older with certain medical conditions, and all adults 65 years or older.

The pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23) protects against 23 types of pneumococcal bacteria. The vaccine is recommended for anyone 2 years or older at high risk, adults 19 through 65 years old who smoke cigarettes or who have asthma, and all adults 65 years or older.2

It is recommended the two vaccines be given at least 12 months apart because they cause the immune system to respond in different ways.

It is also recommended you get a flu shot every year because having the flu increases your chances of getting pneumococcal disease.

If you have not been vaccinated with both types of pneumonia vaccines, or if you don’t know if you’ve had them, talk to your doctor about it at your next annual Medicare Wellness visit. Annual Medicare Wellness visits and pneumonia vaccinations are covered by Medicare Part B

For more information, explore MedicareMadeClear.com or contact the Medicare helpline 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227), TTY 1-877-486-2048.


1 Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Recommended Immunization Schedule for Adults Aged 19 Years or Older: United States, 2015*Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule: United States, 2015, Annals of Internal Medicine, The American College of Physicians, February 3, 2015

2 Pneumococcal Vaccination, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, June 10, 2015



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