When to see a doctor

See your doctor if you have difficulty breathing, chest pain, persistent fever of 102 F (39 C) or higher, or persistent cough, especially if you're coughing up pus. It's especially important that people in these high-risk groups see a doctor:

  • Adults older than age 65

  • Children younger than age 2 with signs and symptoms

  • People with an underlying health condition or weakened immune system

  • People receiving chemotherapy or taking medication that suppresses the immune system

  • For some older adults and people with heart failure or chronic lung problems, pneumonia can quickly become a life-threatening condition.

Page Last Updated: 27/01/2021