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Does Medicare cover the cost of a pneumonia shot?

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The pneumococcal shot designed to prevent pneumonia is covered by Medicare Part B if a doctor or other health-care professional accepts the assignment. Medicare Part B also covers the secondary pneumococcal shot required 11 months after the first exam and vaccination.

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Does Medicare cover the cost of a pneumonia shot?
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All children under the age of five, all adults over the age of 65 and children over six years of age with certain risk factors should receive the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control. This health organization also recommends that all adults over the age of 65 should get the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine. Most insurance providers and Medicare plans cover these vaccinations.

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