Infectious Diseases  /  Prevalence & Incidence

Vaccine preventable illnesses and diseases continue to cause significant sickness, hospitalization, pain, disability, and death in the United States.  Pneumonia causes somewhere between 300,000 and 600,000 hospitalizations in older adults each year, and more than 50% of flu-related hospitalizations are in people age 65 and older.  Around 50% of the more than 1 million cases of shingles each year are in people age 60 and older.

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    • 1 in 3 people will develop shingles
      An estimated 1 in 3 people will develop shingles in their lifetime.  
    • ~1 million Americans get shingles each year
      Around 1 million Americans get herpes zoster (shingles) each year.  
    • Flu rates in long-term care facilities
      Residents of long-term care facilities are particularly vulnerable to influenza, with rates of illness that range as high as 25% to 60%.  
    • Every year 5 to 20% of US population gets the flu
      Every year around 5% to 20% of the U.S. population gets influenza.  
    • 35-50 million people get the flu each year
      Between 35 and 50 million Americans get influenza each year.  
    • Annual incidence of pneumonia in Medicare population
      In Medicare beneficiaries, the average cumulative annual incidence of any type of pneumonia was 47.4 per 1,000 from 2005 to 2007.  
    • Pneumonia in nursing home residents
      Every year an estimated 2.3% of nursing home residents acquire pneumonia—more than 33,000 residents.  
    • 5 to 10 million Americans get pneumonia each year
      Between 5 and 10 million Americans get pneumonia each year.  
    • 1 in 20 age 85+ will have pneumonia
      Every year 1 in 20 Americans age 85+ will have an episode of community-acquired pneumonia.  
    • High odds of shingles after age 85
      Around 1 in 2 who live to be 85 will get shingles.  
    • 5 – 20% of the U.S. population gets the flu each year
      Between 5% and 20% of the U.S. population gets the flu each year.  
    • Annual pneumonia, flu, and shingles cases
      Approximate annual number of new cases of leading infectious diseases in US: Pneumonia – 5 to 10 million Influenza – 35 to 50 million Herpes zoster (shingles) – 1 million