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What does the pneumonia vaccine consist of and how much does it cost?

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As of 2015, two vaccines protect against pneumonia: the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) and pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23), states Vaccines.gov. Prices for 10 doses of PCV13 range from $90 to $152, while 10 doses of PPSV23 cost $27 to $72, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .

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What does the pneumonia vaccine consist of and how much does it cost?
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The CDC lists the current prices for child and adult PCV13 and PPSV23 vaccines on its website. According to the CDC, most private insurance companies cover the cost of pneumococcal vaccines. Medicare Part B also pays for the pneumococcal vaccines when they are administered at a minimum interval of 12 months.

The PCV13 vaccine protects against 13 types of pneumococcal bacteria, while the PPSV23 vaccine protects against 23 types of pneumococcal bacteria, states Vaccines.gov. The CDC recommends the pneumococcal vaccines for adults over 65 years of age, as well as for adults 19 years or older who have weakened immune systems or underlying health conditions. Both the PCV13 and the PPSV23 provide protection against infections such as meningitis or bacteremia.

Pneumonia is a blanket term for an infection in the lungs, states MedlinePlus. There is not one particular virus or bacteria that causes pneumonia; various types of viruses, bacteria and fungi can lead to pneumonia, and even inhaling certain liquids or chemicals can cause pneumonia. According to Vaccines.gov, there are over 90 types of pneumococcal bacteria that may cause pneumonia.

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