Pneumonia Knows No Season

Bad Breath Hiding In You Tongue Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that is usually caused by viruses or bacteria.

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One common type of pneumonia is pneumococcal pneumonia, which is caused by the pneumococcus bacteria that live in the upper respiratory system. The symptoms commonly associated with pneumococcal pneumonia may include excessive sweating, a high fever with shaking and chills, a productive cough that persists or gets worse, and chest pain. About 900,000 Americans get pneumococcal pneumonia each year, nearly half of whom end up in the hospital. From age 50, people are at increasing risk for pneumococcal pneumonia. This is because as people age, their immune systems become less capable of protecting them from illnesses. In addition, smoking and chronic health conditions (such as diabetes and heart disease) can make the body more vulnerable to serious illnesses such as pneumococcal pneumonia. The good news is that pneumococcal pneumonia can often be prevented through steps, such as good hygiene, regular hand washing, and immunization. Consult your physician to learn more about whether you are up to date on your vaccines.”

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