Pneumonia is a disease that often flies under the radar of not just the public but even the global health community. It kills more children under 5 years old every year than AIDS, malaria, and measles combined - Mandy Moore


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Why we think vaccines can outwit pneumonia

Because pneumonia has many different causes, no one intervention is enough to outsmart it. We need a diverse set of defenses to beat pneumonia, and vaccines top the list as the most cost-effective means of prevention. If we're to outwit pneumonia over the long term, however, the vaccines we have now must continue to evolve and improve.

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  Why we think vaccines can outwit pneumonia

Pneumonia is a clever killer, responsible each year for the deaths of more than a million children under five years old, most of them in the developing world. If you want to know how serious this respiratory disease is, consider one fact: pneumonia kills more young children worldwide than any other disease.

5 pneumonia solutions to get excited about

Creativity, collaboration, and a multidimensional strategy go a long way in the fight against the world’s top childhood killer.

Every Breath Counts Coalition

World’s first public-private partnership to support national governments to end preventable child pneumonia deaths by 2030.

Know Pneumonia

Pneumococcal pneumonia is more common than you think. And, if you're over 50, you may be at increased risk for getting it.


An international, peer reviewed open access journal that publishes original research articles, case studies, reviews, commentaries, correspondence and highlights, news and activities on all aspects related to pneumonia.

Pneumonia Innovations Network

Aiming to achieve unprecedented levels of collaboration to improve the quality, availability, and affordability of pneumonia prevention, diagnostic and treatment innovations for children.

Stop Pneumonia

Stopping pneumonia isn’t about luck. It’s about action. Stop Pneumonia is an initiative that provides a voice for communities who suffer from the devastating consequences of the disease and who lack access to lifesaving interventions.

Viral Pneumonia

The reported incidence of viral pneumonia has increased during the past decade. In part, this apparent increase simply reflects improved diagnostic techniques, but an actual increase appears to have also occurred. Depending on the virulence of the organism, as well as the age and comorbidities of the patient, viral pneumonia can vary from a mild, self-limited illness to a life-threatening disease.

American Lung Association

Pneumonia is a common lung infection caused by germs, such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi. It can be a complication of the flu, but other viruses, bacteria and even fungi can cause pneumonia.


The most common cause of pneumonia is a type of bacterium called Streptococcus pneumoniae. Other bacteria can cause also the condition, including Haemophilus influenzae (Hib), Staphylococcus aureus and Mycoplasma pneumoniae. For more information about Mycoplasma pneumoniae infections, see our FAQ on atypical pneumonia. Other, less common, causes of pneumonia include: viruses, including the flu virus and, especially in children, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)...


Walking pneumonia is a mild case of pneumonia. It is often caused by a virus or the Mycoplasma pneumoniae bacteria. When you have walking pneumonia, your symptoms may not be as severe or last as long as someone who has a more serious case of pneumonia. You probably won’t need bed rest or to stay in the hospital when you have walking pneumonia.


Terms such as bronchopneumonia, lobar pneumonia and double pneumonia are sometimes used, but refer to the same condition with the same causes and treatment.

PKIDs Online

The World Health Organization estimates that more than 160 million children around the world develop pneumonia each year, 20 million of whom are hospitalized and 2 million of whom die. Worldwide, pneumonia is the leading cause of death for children under the age of five. Sub-Saharan Africa is disproportionately affected, accounting for more than half of such cases.


Pneumonia is a common illness, occurs in all age groups, and is a leading cause of death among the elderly and people who are chronically ill. Pneumonia can result from a variety of causes, including infection with bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites. Pneumonia may also occur from chemical or physical injury to the lungs, or indirectly due to another medical illness, such as lung cancer or alcohol abuse.


Pneumonia is still a single leading cause of child death, killing 1 child every 35 seconds.


Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs. It is a serious illness that can affect people of any age, but it is most dangerous in very young children, people older than 65, and in those with underlying medical problems such as heart disease, diabetes, and chronic lung disease. It is most common during the winter months and occurs more often in smokers and men.

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