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Are you at risk?

 Pneumonia is an infection that inflames the air sacs in one or both lungs. The air sacs

may fill with fluid or pus, causing cough with phlegm or pus, fever, chills and difficulty breathing. A variety of organisms, including bacteria, viruses and fungi, can cause pneumonia.
 Pneumonia can range in seriousness from mild to life-threatening. It is most serious

for infants and young children, people older than age 65, and people with underlying health problems or weakened immune systems.
 Antibiotics and antiviral medications can treat many common forms of pneumonia.

(Definition and Description by the Mayo Clinic)

 COUGH  FEVER  CHILLS  LABORED BREATHING- Is it harder to breathe?  CHEST PAIN- Continued pain in the chest during breathing & at times of rest.  INCREASED HEART RATE  FATIGUE  NAUSEA  DIARRHEA  BLOODY MUCOUS

 Age: Infants & children younger than 2 years of age.

-People over the age of 65.
• Chronic Lung Disease: Asthma, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease),

and heart disease.
• Weakened Immune System: HIV/ AIDS, organ transplant, chemotherapy, cancers.
• Smoking: All forms of smoking. This includes prolonged exposure to industrial smoke

or inhaled hazards.
• Surgery • Ventilator: If you are required to be on a ventilator while in the hospital. • Low Mobility: Laying in bed for extended periods of time.

 Get a Flu Shot: Getting a flu shot can help you prevent getting the flu which could lead to pneumonia.  Get a Pneumonia Vaccination: Yes! There is a vaccine for pneumonia. Ask your doctor.  Have your children Vaccinated: Children get sick often. They can transfer their sickness to you.  Practice Good Hygiene: Washing your hands after sneezing, using the bathroom, and coming
home from public places will help you stay healthy.

 Don’t Smoke  Stay Rested & Fit: This will help boost your immune system.  Be an Example: Stay home when you are sick, cover your mouth when you cough & sneeze.

Antibiotics: Most types of pneumonia are caused by bacteria. This can be managed with the appropriate antibiotics. Viral Pneumonia: Some pneumonia is caused by a virus. There are treatments and medications for viral pneumonia. Doctor: If you have any of the symptoms previously listed, you will need to schedule an appointment with your doctor.

Your Local Doctor: If you have a primary care physician, this is a good place to start. Insta-care: If you do not see a doctor regularly, there are several clinics called “Insta-Care or Urgent-Care” where you can be seen by a doctor and get the prescriptions that are needed. If at any time you feel like your breathing is compromised go to an Emergency Department immediately!