Because pneumonia stops the body from getting all the oxygen it needs, the entire body can feel very lethargic and a full recovery from serious pneumonia can take several weeks or even months. And again, young children, the elderly and those with poor immune systems are more susceptible.
So what are we to do in winter when these nasty viruses and infections are more likely to be spread around? The flu shot is highly recommended for almost everyone, excluding newborns and those with serious allergies to any ingredients in the shot. The high-risk groups spoken about several times above should make sure they receive their shot.
Going to school or work when you're sick will only help to spread the virus to others — and besides, sick lungs need rest. Stay home until you’re better.
Healthy immune systems need lots of fresh, unprocessed natural foods so make sure your diet is complete. Exercise also helps to keep the immune system strong. Keeping stress at bay is vital — stress plays havoc with your body's ability to cope with viruses and other health problems.
Good sleep and good sleeping conditions will strengthen your body. Frequently washing your hands with soap and water can limit your contact with germs.
Lung health is too important to ignore. Be good to yours this winter!
Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Seasonal Influenza Questions and Answers. Web. Retrieved October 17th 1015.
Mayo Clinic. Diseases and Conditions. Bronchitis. Retrieved October 17th 1015.
Reviewed October 23, 2015
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith