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...
With the crazy weather lately, all the news about hospitals being full of flu patients, some actually overflowing out to parking lot tents, major cities declaring public health state of emergencies. I was thinking just after the holidays I would like to post an article on the added risks we face due to our suppressed immune systems.
Little did I know I would have real time, up close and personal facts to report to you on the subject. You may or may not know, depending on the length of time you have been treated for RA, that the main villain in RA is your immune system. It is mistaking your synovial linings around your joints as an enemy of your body. As it is programmed to do, your immune system attacks this lining and as it slowly erodes the lining you also begin to lose cartilage, and finally bone. (this is a VERY simplified explanation) There are many different parts of the immune system that may be at fault with RA, T cells, B cells, TNF, IL-6 and IL-1 are only a few....
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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