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how common is it for a child to die of pneumonia?

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Dr. HARRY OPSIMOS
Pediatric Pulmonology 22 years experience
Not common: It is not common at all in previously healthy children, but it does happen.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Varies with cause: Pneumonia is a label with variable implications. The average toddler/child is often treated as an outpatient & most heal without complications. Some viral pneumonias would self heal & most bacterial will respond to meds. Rare causes of kid pneumonia include staph & chickenpox, both of which have a higher fatality rate.There are other examples & all fall into the range. Most do well, some die.

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How likely is it for a child to die of pneumonia nowadays in the u.S.?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Pnemonia: Thogh not that common but deaths due to pneumonia still occurs in children in us.But early immunisation have definitely cut down the number of cases.But the vaccines at present only covers 7 types of pneumococcals and we still see pnemococcal pneumonia and there are other bacteria causing pneumonia as well.And some resistance to immunisation also contrbute to it.

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