Pneumonia is fairly common in young kids. They usually come in with cough and fever, and most of them are well enough to be treated at home. After a few days on antibiotics, they are back to normal. I infrequently see critically ill or older patients with lung infections.
This week was an anomaly. I had six cases of severe pneumonia in adolescents. Each had a part or entire lung completely socked-in with pus. All required hospitalization and most needed oxygen. I am unsure what has caused this cluster of patients to appear, but as of today, I expect them all to make a full recovery.