Key Points

• Pneumonia causes over a million hospitalizations per year in the United States.

• Influenza vaccine should be administered every year to patients older than 50 years and to those with chronic lung disease, diabetes, immune dysfunction, or other chronic organ failure.

• Patients should be revaccinated with pneumococcal vaccine after 10 years if the first vaccine was administered before age 65 years.

• Although atypical pathogens commonly cause community-acquired pneumonia, controlled trials show that beta-lactam antibiotics are as effective as macrolides and quinolones in most cases.

Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that leads to consolidation of the usually air-filled alveoli. It occurs in all age groups and can be caused by various agents, including viruses, bacteria, mycobacteria, mycoplasma, and fungi. Systemic viral infections such as influenza A or B in adults and measles or varicella in children can also lead to bacterial pneumonia.

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