A new vaccine (Prevnar-13) to help prevent pneumococcal pneumonia is now being covered by Medicare.
This vaccine is a supplement to the current Pneumovax 23, not a replacement. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that all adults age 65 or older receive the vaccine. Prevnar-13 is recommended at least 6-12 months prior to getting Pneumovax 23 or at least 1 year after receiving Pneumovax 23. Please call our office if you would like to set up an appointment to receive the vaccination.