Pneumococcal Vaccination

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The Reading Hospital percentages displayed in this graph reflect discharges during second quarter 2011. State and national rates from the US Department of Health & Human Services are for discharges between October 2009 and September 2010.

Why is this important?

The pneumococcal vaccine may help you prevent, or lower the risk of complications from pneumonia caused by bacteria. It may also help you prevent future infections. Patients with pneumonia should be asked if they have been vaccinated recently for pneumonia and, if not, should be given the vaccine.

Our approach to improving performance:

We currently provide vaccination within 24 hours of admission to the Hospital, unless contraindicated or postponed by the attending physician.