Definition Atypical pneumonia refers to pneumonia caused by certain bacteria, including Legionella pneumophila , Mycoplasma pneumoniae , and Chlamydophila pneumoniae . Pneumonia is a condition in which there is an infection of the lung. Alternative Names Walking pneumonia; Chlamydophila pneumoniae; Community-acquired pneumonia - atypical Causes, incidence, and risk factors Mycoplasma pneumonia is a type of atypical pneumonia. It is caused by the bacteria M. pneumoniae . It typically affects people younger than age 40. For more information on this type of pneumonia, see: Mycoplasma pneumonia Pneumonia due to chlamydia-related bacteria occurs year round and accounts for 5 - 15% of all pneumonias. It is usually mild. Pneumonia due to Legionella is seen more often in middle-aged and older adults, smokers, and those with chronic illnesses or a weak immune system. See also: Legionnaire's disease
Definition Mycoplasma pneumonia is an infection of the lungs from the bacteria Mycoplasma pneumoniae (M. pneumoniae) . See also: Atypical pneumonia Viral pneumonia Causes, incidence, and risk factors Mycoplasma pneumonia is a type of atypical pneumonia. It is caused by the bacteria M. pneumoniae. This type of pneumonia usually affects people younger than 40. Various studies suggest that it makes up 15 - 50% of all pneumonia cases in adults and even more in school-aged children. People at highest risk for mycoplasma pneumonia include those living or working in crowded areas such as schools and homeless shelters, although many people who contract mycoplasma pneumonia have no identifiable risk factor.
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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