How Fast Can You Get Pneumonia?

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Alternative Names

Pneumonia - viral; "Walking pneumonia" - viral


Prevention

Wash your hands often, especially after blowing your nose, going to the bathroom, diapering a baby, and before eating or preparing foods.

Don't smoke. Tobacco damages your lungs' ability to ward off infection.

Vaccines may help prevent pneumonia in children, the elderly, and people with diabetes, asthma, emphysema, HIV, cancer, or other chronic conditions.

  • A drug called palivizumab (Synagis) is given to some children under...
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