Pneumonia Awareness Week 2016

Click here to access the 2016 digital media kit including video and audio grabs, media releases, backgrounders and spokespeople.

Pneumonia is a type of lung infection, caused by a virus, bacteria or fungus. Anyone of any age can contract pneumonia, but it tends to be common in children aged four years and younger and in the elderly.

A few facts:

  • Pneumococcal pneumonia is a potentially fatal lung infection caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae 1,2
  • 1.6 M deaths worldwide every year are due to pneumonia 3
  • Pneumonia-like illness, including pneumonia and influenza, is among the top 15 contributing causes of deaths in Australia 7
  • There are 75,074 hospital admissions each year due to influenza or pneumonia 5
  • Pneumococcal pneumonia can affect anyone. Those at higher risk include: 4
    • the elderly (people aged 65 years and older), infants, people with an indigenous background, those with impaired immunity, tobacco smokers, people with chronic illnesses such as lung disease, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease and liver disease.

View the resources below to find out more:

Pneumonia Fact Sheet (253 KB) Pneumonia infographic 2015 (3 MB)

3D Animation

Fact File

Leigh, 56, Sydney describes her harrowing tale of contracting bacterial pneumonia

Heather Allan, CEO, Lung Foundation Australia discusses the importance of Australians protecting against pneumococcal infection

Lucy Morgan, Respiratory Physician & Lung Foundation Australia National Council member discusses the rise of a “fit & fabulous” Aussies in their mid-60s who are failing to protect against pneumococcal infection

Watch the story of Brisbane-based mother & grandmother, Sandra, 69 & her battle with pneumococcal pneumonia.

More information

pneumonia: A Peer Reviewed Open Access Journal

An international, peer reviewed open access journal that publishes original research articles, case studies, reviews, commentaries, correspondence and highlights, news and activities on all aspects related to pneumonia.


1. Australian Govt Dept of Health Immunise – Pneumococcal Disease; 2015. Available online

2. Moberley SA et al. Vaccines for preventing pneumococcal infection in adults. Cochrane Database of Systematic reviews 2008; (1) CD000422

3. World Health Organization (WHO). Pneumococcal disease; 2015. Available online.

4. Australian Govt Dept of Health. Australian Immunisation Handbook, 10th Edition; 2014. Chapter 4.13

5. Hogg GG et al. 2000. Invasive pneumococcal disease in the population of Victoria. Med J Aust.

7. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Causes of Death in Australia, 2013. Available online.