Dozens of antibiotics are available for treating pneumonia, but selecting the best drug is sometimes difficult. Patients with pneumonia need an antibiotic that is effective against the organism causing the disease. When the organism is unknown, "empiric therapy" is given, meaning the doctor chooses which antibiotic is likely to work based on factors such as the patient's age, health, and severity of the illness.
In determining the appropriate antibiotic, the physician must first...Read more
Annual vaccinations for influenza virus are recommended for many groups of people. I strongly suggest that all people over the age of 65,... Read more »