Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that ranges from mild to severe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention list the most common signs of pneumonia as:
- Difficulty breathing
Viruses, bacteria and different types of fungus can all lead to pneumonia.
Pneumonia is a larger concern for older adults, people living with chronic health conditions — like diabetes or asthma — or people with weakened immune systems like cancer patients or patients with HIV/AIDS. Pneumonia can also develop as a complication of the flu.
Make sure you get a flu shot each year and talk to your doctor about getting a pneumonia vaccine. Pneumonia vaccines are FREE to CareOregon members. Wash your hands and cover your mouth when coughing to help prevent the spread of infection.
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