How Common is Pneumonia?
Each year:footnote 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:footnote 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.
- Katz JT (2009). Pneumonia and other pulmonary infections. In EG Nabel, ed., ACP Medicine, section 7, chap. 20. Hamilton, ON: BC Decker.
- 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.
Current as of: August 21, 2015
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