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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...
Highlights Overview While the incidence of Pneumonia is declining, it remains a widespread and significant healthcare issue in the US, particularly among people who require long-term medical care. An aging population, antibiotic resistance and increasing healthcare costs make this a particularly challenging problem. Pneumonia symptoms vary among children, adults and the elderly. Distinguishing the symptoms for rapid diagnosis, beginning appropriate antibiotics early, and determining where care should be delivered (ICU, hospital or home) are key to positive outcomes. Tools may be used to determine the most appropriate level of care, such as the Pneumonia Severity Index (PSI), British Thoracic Society Rule (BSR), and the CURB-65. Prognosis In a review of research evidence, statin use was shown to improve the outcome in patients with bacterial pneumonia. While this has been debated as a healthy user effect, additional analyses on these largely retrospective studies refute this claim. Researcher...
Pneumonia, often called bronchopneumonia or bronchial pneumonia, can be a serious, even life-threatening, complication of COPD. When you have a chronic disease, your immune system is already compromised, making it harder to fight infections. Add to that the weakened airways and lung tissue that is part of COPD, and it is obvious how much of a threat a respiratory infection like pneumonia can be to someone who has COPD.
What Is Pneumonia?
Pneumonia is a respiratory infection that leads to inflammation and swelling in the bronchial tubes, known as bronchioles, and also tiny cells or airsacs at the end of the airways, called alveoli. Because COPD already causes similar issues, pneumonia results in an acute exacerbation of COPD.
What does that mean? Well, it means that there is an acute deterioration of respiratory symptoms. In particular, there will be increased breathlessness and cough, and an increase in the amount of sputum, as well as a change in the quality of t...
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