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Influenza vaccination

An influenza shot can help prevent influenza in the future, even for patients who have been hospitalized for pneumonia.

Why this is important:

Flu shots reduce the risk of influenza, a serious and sometimes deadly lung infection that can spread quickly in a community or facility. Hospitals should check to make sure that pneumonia patients, particularly those who are age 50 or older, get a flu shot during flu season to protect them from another lung infection and to help prevent the spread of influenza.