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Health Tip: Avoid Contracting Pneumonia

Health Tip: Avoid Contracting Pneumonia

11/18/10

(HealthDay News) -- Pneumonia is a bacterial or viral respiratory infection that's characterized by lung inflammation. It can be life-threatening, especially to the young, the elderly and to people with chronic health problems.

The University of Maryland Medical Center suggests how to help prevent pneumonia:

  • Wash your hands often, especially after you use the toilet, change a diaper, prepare or eat food, or blow your nose.
  • Don't smoke.
  • Get vaccinated for pneumonia and flu.
  • Children also should get an Hib vaccine.
  • In some children younger than 24 months, the drug palivizumab may be prescribed to help avoid pneumonia as a complication from another respiratory condition.
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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.

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