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Get a Pneumonia Shot

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The Basics

If you are age 65 or older, ask your doctor for a pneumonia shot. This shot is sometimes called PPV.

Pneumonia (noo-mo-nee-yah) is an infection of the lungs. It is a serious illness.

The pneumonia shot is very safe. Some people may have redness or pain where the shot is given. One pneumonia shot at age 65 should last for the rest of your life.

If you are younger than 65 and have diabetes, heart failure, or a breathing condition, you may need a pneumonia shot. Talk to your doctor.

The Benefits

Pneumonia is a serious illness that can sometimes lead to death, especially in older adults.

The good news is that some types of pneumonia can be prevented. If you get the pneumonia shot at age 65, you should be protected from the most common type of bacterial pneumonia for the rest of your life.

Take Action!

Pneumonia is a serious illness. Don’t wait – talk to your doctor about the pneumonia shot.

Call Your Doctor or Health Clinic Today
If you are age 65 or older, ask your doctor about the pneumonia shot. Remember, you only need one shot to protect you for the rest of your life.

What About Cost?
If you are age 65 or older, Medicare will pay for your pneumonia shot. You can still get a pneumonia shot even if you don't have insurance. Find a health center near you to learn more.

Take Steps to Stay Healthy
Pneumonia is an infection that can be spread from person to person. You can take these steps to stay healthy and help fight off pneumonia:

  • Wash your hands often.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Stay active.
  • Get your flu shot every year. The flu can sometimes lead to pneumonia.

Learn how a flu shot can also prevent pneumonia.

What do you want to do today?

  • Call your doctor to schedule an appointment for a pneumonia shot.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water.
  • Tell a friend or older family member about the pneumonia shot.
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