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Pneumonia: Putting it all together

Monday, April 23, 2012 - 15:25

Contributing Author: Guy Slowik FRCS

Here is a summary of the important facts and information related to pneumonia.

  • Pneumonia is an inflammation or infection of the lungs most commonly caused by a bacteria or virus. Pneumonia can also be caused by inhaling vomit or other foreign substances.
  • Pneumonia is a serious illness that affects 1 out of every 100 people in the United States each year.
  • There are two major kinds of pneumonia: infective pneumonia, which is caused by a bacteria or virus, and aspiration pneumonia, which is caused by inhaling vomit, toxic fumes, or other substances.
  • The treatment for pneumonia depends on the cause of the illness.
  • A vaccine that can prevent some types of bacterial pneumonia is widely available. People who get a flu shot each year can avoid some viral pneumonia.
  • The very old and very young, people with compromised immune systems or chronic diseases, and hospitalized patients are at greatest risk for pneumonia.

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