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Pneumonia | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the infection?

The pneumonia vaccine can prevent pneumonia that is caused by bacteria. Because pneumonia is a common complication of the flu, an annual flu shot can also help to prevent pneumonia.

Pneumonia often follows common respiratory infections. So one of the best ways to prevent it is to be on the lookout for any symptoms of respiratory illness that hang on more than a few days. Healthy living habits can also help. For example, the following healthy habits can all help increase resistance to respiratory illness:

  • eating a healthy diet
  • practicing personal hygiene
  • getting a good night's sleep each night
  • doing moderate exercise 30 minutes a day almost every day
  • These habits can also spur a faster recovery times from illness.

    What are the long-term effects of the infection?

    Usually, there are no long-term effects from pneumonia. Sometimes, lung damage can cause a lasting decrease in lung function.

    What are the risks to others?

    Most of the organisms that cause pneumonia can be spread from person to person through coughing or sneezing.

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    Author: Danielle Zerr, MD
    Reviewer: Kathleen A. MacNaughton, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 10/21/02

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