As flu season rapidly approaches, doctors continue to urge patients to get a flu shot. The flu vaccine represents the best defense against flu syndrome. For those who require further protection against respiratory infections, particularly pneumonia, other vaccines are available. A significant percentage of people who experience severe flu syndrome endure complications of pneumonia, which can be fatal.
It’s enough to suffer from the muscle aches, fever, sore throat and headache, only then to be hit with the cough, shortness of breath and chest pain that may signal pneumonia.
Patients 19 years or older who have asthma and certain other chronic diseases are recommended to get a pneumonia vaccine. For years doctors have advised patients to get the Pneumovax every 5 years in order to maintain a good defense against pneumonia. Recently the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) changed their recommendations on how often and when to vaccinate for pneumonia, as well as what vac...
Pneumonia in immunodeficient patient; Pneumonia - immunocompromised host
If you have a weakened immune system and are in the hospital, you may receive daily antibiotics to prevent pneumonia.
Ask your health care provider if you should receive the influenza ("flu") and pneumococcal ("pneumonia") vaccines.
Practice good hygiene. Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water:
After being outdoors
After changing a diaper
After doing housework
After going to the bathroom
After touching body fluids, such as mucus or blood
After using the telephone
Before handling food or eating
Keep your house clean. Stay away from crowds. Ask visitors who have a cold to wear a mask or not to visit. Do not do yard work or handle plants or flowers (they can carry germs).
Donnelly JP, Blijlevens NMA, DePauw BE. Infections in the immunocompromised host. In: Mandell GL, Bennett JE, Dolin R eds. M...
Annual vaccinations for influenza virus are recommended for many groups of people. I strongly suggest that all people over the age of 65, people who have any chronic condition that would make an illness such as influenza more dangerous, those who are essential to the operation of their business, and all health care professionals be vaccinated. If you have a chronic lung, kidney, blood, immunity or cardiac condition, the misery of the flu will be worse than if you are healthy. For anyone that has actually had influenza, the idea of having it again is not pleasant. Influenza is not the same as a cold. Each year, many thousands of people die of influenza. Unfortunately, we don't yet have a vaccination for the common cold, or the 24 or 48-hour gastrointestinal virus, but they are not often seen as causes of death. A pneumonia vaccination fortunately is needed less often than an influenza vaccination. The shot lasts from 8 to 12 years in most cases. If you are over age 6...
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