Risk Factors for Pneumonia


About risk factors: Risk factors for Pneumonia are factors that do not seem to be a direct cause of the disease, but seem to be associated in some way. Having a risk factor for Pneumonia makes the chances of getting a condition higher but does not always lead to Pneumonia. Also, the absence of any risk factors or having a protective factor does not necessarily guard you against getting Pneumonia. For general information and a list of risk factors, see the risk center.

Risk factor list: The list of risk factors mentioned for Pneumonia in various sources includes:

Risk factors discussion: Infants (especially premature or low birth weight). Nearly 75% of pneumonia deaths occur among infants under 1 year old. Risk also increases with malnutrition, malaria, and suppressed immunity.1

People with diabetes are more susceptible to many other illnesses. For example, they are more likely to die of pneumonia or influenza than people who do not have diabetes.2

Risks factors for Pneumonia: medical news summaries: The following medical news items are relevant to risk factors for Pneumonia:

1. excerpt from Pneumonia among Children in Developing Countries: DBMD
2. excerpt from Diabetes Statistics in the United States: NIDDK

Last revision: June 10, 2003

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