Pneumonia shots are given daily at the clinic. Patients can be given 2 pneumonia shots in a lifetime, five to seven years apart. However, if a patient receives their first pneumonia shot after the age of 65, they do not require a second one. No physician’s order is necessary. Cost of the Pneumonia Vaccine is $75. Medicare patients may receive their shot at no cost to them if they have one of Medicare Insurance’s we participate with.
What Is Pneumococcal Disease?
The major types of pneumococcal disease are pneumonia (lung infection), bacteremia (blood infection), and meningitis (infection of the covering of the brain and spinal cord). Less severe illnesses include ear and sinus infections.
Pneumococcal pneumonia is the most common form of pneumococcal disease in adults. It is estimated that about 900,000 Americans get pneumococcal pneumonia each year and about 5-7% die from it. As many as 400,000 hospitalizations from pneumococcal pneumonia are estimated to occur annually in the United States.
Invasive pneumococcal disease (bacteremia and meningitis)
In the United States, about 90% of invasive pneumococcal disease cases are in adults. There were an estimated 3,700 deaths in the United States from pneumococcal meningitis and bacteremia in 2013.