Globally, pneumonia (an infection of the lungs) kills more children younger than 5 years old each year than any other infectious disease, such as HIV infection, malaria, or tuberculosis.
In the United States, more than 250,000 people have to seek care in a hospital due to pneumonia each year. Unfortunately, about 50,000 people die from the disease each year in the United States. Most of the people affected by pneumonia in the United States are adults.
Vaccines and appropriate treatment (like antibiotics and antivirals) could prevent many of these deaths—globally and in the United States.
- Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that can cause mild to severe illness in people of all ages.
- Viruses, bacteria, and fungi can all cause pneumonia.
- Common signs of pneumonia can include cough, fever, and trouble breathing.
- Bacteria and viruses that commonly cause pneumonia in the community are different from those in the healthcare settings.
- A common cause of bacterial pneumonia is Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus).
- Get vaccinated. Vaccines can help prevent infection by some of the bacteria and viruses that can cause pneumonia.
- Wash your hands regularly.
- Clean surfaces that are touched a lot.
- Cough or sneeze into a tissue or into your elbow or sleeve.
- Limit contact with cigarette smoke.
- Manage and prevent conditions like diabetes.