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Pneumonia prevention

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Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that can cause mild to severe illness in people of all ages. 

In the United States approximately 2 to 3 million people develop pneumonia each year, resulting in 45,000 deaths. 

The good news is that pneumonia is often preventable.  First and foremost, one should be protected against the influenza virus.  Get your flu shot! 

Contracting influenza is often a catalyst for developing a pneumonia infection although it can be caused by other pathogens.

The most common signs of pneumonia include cough, chills, fever, shortness of breath, and fatigue. 

Additionally, people are more susceptible to pneumonia if you smoke or have underlying medical conditions such as alcoholism, chronic cardio-pulmonary disease, diabetes, cancer, and immunosuppression. 

Finally, it is imperative to emphasize that good health habits can fight pneumonia.  This includes, washing your hands often, eating a balanced diet, proper sleep, and regular exercise.

For any questions or concerns please contact your health care provider or the 82d AMDS Public Health Flight at (940) 676-1874.