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, 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...
Pneumonia is a lung infection that can be caused by many different germs, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
This article discusses pneumonia that occurs in a person whose ability to fight infection is greatly reduced because their immune system is weakened and not working properly. Such disease is referred to as "pneumonia in an immunocompromised host."
(previously called Pneumocystis carinii
Pneumonia - cytomegalovirus
Pneumonia in immunodeficient patient; Pneumonia - immunocompromised host
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
People whose immune system is not working well are less able to fight off germs. Because of this state, they are more likely to become infected by g...
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