What Is Walking Pneumonia?

On Sunday, Hillary Clinton left a memorial service for victims of the 9/11 attacks in New York City rather suddenly. She was rather unsteady on her feet and was seen being helped into an SUV. Later that day, her physician announced Clinton had been diagnosed with pneumonia and had become dehydrated at the event.

According to her doctors, Clinton experienced a cough related to seasonal allergies and was diagnosed with pneumonia at a follow-up appointment for that cough. Pneumonia—an infection in the lungs—can be viral or bacterial. Symptoms include cough and fever.

Bacterial pneumonia is common and is treated with antibiotics, rest, and fluids. Once a person with pneumonia begins taking antibiotics, he or she usually begins to feel better and can go about his or her daily routine. However, as seen with Mrs. Clinton, the infection can make a person weak and dehydrated. There is a vaccine to protect people over the age of 65 from pneumonia caused by a certain type of bacteria.

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Sourced from: NBC News, Does Hillary Clinton Have a Classic Case of Walking Pneumonia?