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May 10, 2006

Hospitalization Trends for Pneumonia Among Older Persons

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2006;295(18):2137-2138. doi:10.1001/jama.295.18.2137-b

To the Editor: In their study of trends in hospitalizations for pneumonia among elderly persons in the United States, Dr Fry and colleagues1 discuss the need for reducing preventable comorbid conditions and improving vaccine effectiveness and vaccination programs among the elderly population. However, the authors did not provide the median hospitalization time for treatment of pneumonia for each of the 3 age groups (65-74 years, 75-84 years, ≥85 years).