Every day, hundreds of people die from pneumonia that can easily be treated. Whether you are a healthcare provider, or a patient, YOU can make a difference in preventing these tragedies.  

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North Carolina is currently ranked 49th out of 50 states for its pneumonia mortality rate. Every healthcare provider can help reduce our state's pneumonia mortality rate by educating the public -- especially senior citizens -- about ways to prevent getting pneumonia, where and when to get vaccinated, and what it means once patients receive the vaccination.

Please use the following materials to assist you in this effort:


Pam and other adults over 50 are at eight times greater risk of being hospitalized with pneumococcal pneumonia compared to younger adults aged 18 - 49, and when hospitalized, adults over 50 have an average stay of approximately six days.