Pneumonia in children

Preventing pneumonia in children

Vaccination

There is a vaccination for pneumonia caused by the bacteria streptococcus pneumoniae. This is called the pneumococcal vaccine (PCV). Your child should get this vaccination on the NHS. The first dose is given at 2 months old.

Remember to keep your child up to date with all their vaccinations.

Avoid infection

Teach your child to use a tissue and wash their hands after coughing and sneezing. Read about what you can do to avoid infection.

Avoid passive smoking

Do not smoke, or let others smoke, around your child. This makes them more likely to pick up an infection and may make their symptoms worse. Find out more about how smoke and air pollution can affect your child’s lungs.

Last medically reviewed: September 2016. Due for review: September 2019

This information uses the best available medical evidence and was produced with the support of people living with lung conditions. Find out how we produce our information. If you’d like to see our references get in touch.