Pediatric Pneumonia in the United States

CDC is monitoring recently reported increases in respiratory illness around the world. Here is the latest information on pediatric pneumonia in the United States: Pediatric Pneumonia Update.

Chest x-ray of an adult patient with pneumonia

Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that can cause mild to severe illness in people of all ages. Immunizations can prevent some types of pneumonia. You can also help prevent pneumonia and other respiratory infections by following good hygiene practices.

Lower Your Risk of Pneumonia

You are more likely to get pneumonia if you smoke or have underlying medical conditions, like diabetes or heart disease. However, you can lower your chances by taking good care of your medical problems, and quitting smoking.