Bacterial Pneumonia (BP) is an infection of the lungs caused by bacteria. Older adults and people with chronic illnesses are most at risk. A vaccine (medicine given by a shot) can help protect against bacterial pneumonia.
A pneumococcal vaccine is recommended if you:
In Texas, bacterial pneumonia resulted in 44,570 hospitalizations in 2012. The average stay was 5 days and the average charges were $38,606.