Pneumonia is a major cause of illness in the United
People get pneumonia in daily life through the home or workplace (community-acquired
pneumonia). Community-acquired pneumonia does not include cases of pneumonia
contracted in a health care facility (such as a nursing home or a hospital). Pneumonia is more common during the winter months.
million of the people who get community-acquired pneumonia each year will have to go to the hospital.
About 60,000 cases result
People older than 65 years:
Make up about one-third of all cases of
Are hospitalized more often and stay
longer in the hospital than younger people.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerR. Steven Tharratt, MD, MPVM, FACP, FCCP - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Medical Toxicology