Is pneumonia contagious?
Yes and no. Since bacteria or viruses are transmitted by droplet infection, pneumonia is, in principle, contagious. But: if you get infected with pathogens, you don’t necessarily get sick. In fact, some pathogens, such as pneumococci, are a perfectly normal part of the mucous membrane of the upper respiratory tract even in many people. A healthy immune system can control pathogens and kill them in time.
But it is always contagious for newborns because their immune systems are not yet fully developed. Children with chronic illnesses or a weak immune system are also more likely to develop pneumonia than their peers.
First the bad news: There is no general prevention against pneumonia. Now for the good news: you can vaccinate your child against some pneumonia pathogens, such as Haemophilus influenzae or pneumococci.
Children receive three shots as injections at the age of two, four, and around twelve months. With the Haemophilus vaccine, depending on the vaccine, a fourth injection may also be given at the age of three months. Vaccination appointments can be easily combined with U exams.
And: Vaccines against childhood diseases like measles, whooping cough, and chickenpox are also helpful, because pneumonia is a common complication of these infections.