Flu Complications: Pneumonia Due to Influenza

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Washing your hands frequently is the best way to prevent illness. Photo by BurtAlert

Pneumonia Prevention

For people at high risk, pneumonia can be deadly. According to the Mayo Clinic, the best protection is getting vaccinated against pneumococcal pneumonia and influenza. If you are at high risk for developing complications from the flu, talk with your doctor about what prevention interventions will benefit you the most.

This year’s flu season has been tough, but practicing good hand hygiene, covering your cough and sneeze, and staying home from work and school will go a long way in preventing the spread of germs and keeping you healthy.

Resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People at high-risk for developing flu-related complications. (2012). Accessed March 21, 2013.

Mayo Clinic. Influenza Complications. (2013). Accessed March 21, 2013.

Medline Plus. Pneumonia- adults (community acquired). (2012). Accessed March 21, 2013.

PubMed Health. Viral Pneumonia. (2012). Accessed March 21, 2013.

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