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Bacterial Pneumonia (cont.)

What Is the Prognosis of Bacterial Pneumonia?

Pneumonia is the sixth most common cause of death in the United States. It is the top cause of death from infection.

  • Most people with pneumonia improve with antibiotics. Some people develop complications such as sepsis, meningitis, and lung failure. Many of these people die.
  • There is no way to predict who is at risk for severe complications. However, the elderly, those with chronic medical conditions, those with lowered immunity, and those that have had a bone marrow or organ transplant have a higher risk for complications.


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United States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Pneumococcal Vaccination." Dec. 10, 2015. <

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