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Pneumonia Prevention

Prevention

Certain vaccines may prevent pneumonia:

  • Flu shot —for people at high risk, particularly the elderly, because pneumonia may be a complication of the flu
  • Pneumococcal vaccine —recommended for:

Other preventive measures include:

  • Avoid smoking. Smoke weakens the lungs' resistance to infection.
  • Avoid close contact with people who have the cold or flu.
  • Wash hands often. This is very important when coming in contact with infected people.
  • Protect yourself on jobs that affect the lungs.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Get adequate rest.
  • Exercise regularly.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2019 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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