Why is pneumonia so dangerous?

Why is pneumonia so dangerous?

If you catch it, pneumonia can be serious and life threatening:

  • Over 550,000 finished consultant episodes per year are due to pneumonia; and it is estimated 1 in 5 pneumonia admissions are in people under 65.†,1
  • A study has shown pneumonia to be a risk factor for heart attacks or stroke episodes, with a 4 fold increase in the first 30 days following pneumonia in hospitalised patients.2
  • Combined with influenza, it is one of the most common causes of death due to infection in men and women3

England in 2018/19

PP-VAC-GBR-0752 November 2019