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Pneumonia in Adults and Children

1.0 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to describe the epidemiology, signs and symptoms, testing, treatment, and prevention strategies for pneumonia.
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Pneumonia is an infection in one or both of the lungs. Globally, it is the leading killer of children under the age of 5 years. It is also common in the United States. There are several types of pneumonia, depending on the type of microbe (bacteria, viruses, or fungi) that causes it.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the various types of pneumonia.
  • Describe the symptoms, treatment, and prevention strategies for the common types of pneumonia.
  • Explain transmission methods, risk factors, and methods of diagnosing pneumonia.

Pneumonia is a common respiratory infection affecting millions of people every year. It is an infection of the lungs that can cause mild to severe illness in people of all ages. Pneumonia can be caused by viruses, bacteria, and fungi. Approximately one-third of pneumonia cases in the United States are caused by respiratory viruses, most commonly the influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) (American Lung Association, 2017).


Worldwide, pneumonia is the leading infectious cause of death in children, accounting for 15% to 18% of all deaths of children less than 5 years of age (more than 2 million children). More than 99% of the deaths from pneumonia occur in the developing world. It affects children and families everywhere but is most prevalent in resource-poor countries in Southern Asia and sub-Saharan Africa (World Health Organization [WHO], 2016). For every child who dies of pneumonia in a developed country, more than 2,500 children die of it in developing countries every day. Mortality is strongly linked to poverty-related factors such as poor nutrition, lack of safe water and sanitation, indoor air pollution, and inadequate access to health care. In the United States, each year over 1 million children and adults are admitted to the hospital for pneumonia (UNICEF, 2017). Yet this disease is one of the world’s most solvable public health problems (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2017; International Vaccine Access Center [IVAC], 2013; WHO, 2016).

Most healthy people recover from pneumonia in 1 to 3 weeks, but pneumonia can be life threatening (American Lung Association, 2017).

November 12th has been designated as World Pneumonia Day with the slogan “Every breath counts” in an effort to increase worldwide awareness of the global burden of pneumonia and treatment options that can help reduce childhood (as well as adult) mortality and morbidity from the disease (Stop Pneumonia, 2017).

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • NCBTMB -National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
  • Florida Board of Massage Therapists


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Course Expires:

September 09, 2021

  • Caroline Young, MPH
  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
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Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

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Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.