How Common is Pneumonia?
Each year:Reference 1
- 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.
- About 1 million of the people who get community-acquired pneumonia each year will have to go to the hospital.
- About 60,000 cases result in death.
People older than 65 years:Reference 2
- Make up about one-third of all cases of community-acquired pneumonia.
- Are hospitalized more often and stay longer in the hospital than younger people.
Niederman MS (2004). Pneumonia, including community-acquired and nosocomial pneumonia. In JD Crapo et al., eds., Baum's Textbook of Pulmonary Diseases, 7th ed., vol. 1, pp. 424–454. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: March 17, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference R. Steven Tharratt, MD, MPVM, FACP, FCCP - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Medical Toxicology