Welcome to pneumonia and you! One million people seek professional care for pneumonia in the United States every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Get vaccinated today to protect yourself! People over the age of 65 and under the age of five are more likely to acquire pneumonia. Influenza often leads to pneumonia, so getting the flu vaccine is the first step in protecting yourself. The second step is to get the pneumonia vaccine(s) you need. For adults over the age of 65 there are two series of vaccinations. Talk to your doctor about what is right for you. Since pneumonia is easily contagious and is often spread by sneezing, coughing or even breathing, it’s important to take preventive steps to protect yourself. Reduce your odds: Talk to your doctor about what vaccinations you need. Wash your hands. Stay home if you are sick. Disinfect commonly touched areas. Don’t share cups and eating utensils. To learn more about pneumonia, visit the Centes for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at http://www.cdc.gov/pneumonia/.