Pneumococcal vaccination 2017-03-27T12:46:10-05:00

Strong preventive efforts are essential for reducing pneumonia-related death and disability among high-risk groups such as those who are elderly, diabetic, or those with weakened immune systems. Others with chronic conditions such as heart, liver, or kidney disease, or cancer should also be considered for pneumococcal vaccination according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Joint Commission, in conjunction with the Hospitals Quality Alliance (HQA) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), recommends pneumococcal vaccination for persons at high risk for developing pneumonia.