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Health notes: Vaccine for heart patients

Vaccine for heart patients

The National Foundation for Infectious Diseases is aiming to boost pneumonia vaccination rates among at-risk patients.

The pneumococcal disease vaccine is recommended for people older than 18 who have underlying conditions — including chronic heart disease — that put them at higher risk for complications from infection, File said. The vaccine also is recommended for everyone 65 and older.

Studies have shown less than 20 percent of patients with underlying disease who are younger than 65 get the vaccine, despite the recommendations.

The vaccine is often covered by insurance companies for at-risk patients.

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