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What You Can Do To Avoid Developing Pneumonia

Pneumonia can be prevented in most cases.

Vaccination

The very first action of defense against pneumonia is to be vaccinated. There are various vaccines that can help in preventing pneumonia.

Prevnar 13 and Pneumovax 23

These pneumonia vaccines helps in protecting against pneumonia and meningitis caused by pneumococcal bacteria. Your doctor or medical consultant will recommend the one that coulf be better for you.

However, Prevnar 13 is highly effective against 13 kinds of pneumococcal bacteria. This vaccine is recommended for:

● Children under the age of 2

● Adults ages 65 years and older

● People between ages two and sixty four years with severe conditions that increase their risk for pneumonia

While Pneumovax 23 is highly effective against 23 kinds of pneumococcal bacteria. This vaccine is recommended for:

● Adults ages 65 years and older

● Adults ages 19 to 64 years who smoke

● People between ages 2 and 64 years with severe conditions that increase their risk for pneumonia

Flu vaccine

Pneumonia can sometimes be a complication of the flu, so ensure that you receive a yearly flu shot. It is recommended that everyone aged six months and above should get vaccinated, especially individuals who might be at risk for flu complications.

Hib vaccine

This particular vaccine protects against Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), a kind of bacteria that causes pneumonia and meningitis. This vaccine is recommended for:

● All children under 5 years old

● Unvaccinated older children or adults who have certain health conditions

● People who have gotten a bone marrow transplant

Other prevention tips

Asides from vaccination, there are other things you can do to prevent pneumonia:

● If you smoke, try to stop. Smoking makes you more liable to respiratory infections, especially pneumonia.

● Wash your hands with soap and water frequently

● Cover your coughs and sneezes. Dispose tissues immediately.

● Maintain a healthy lifestyle to strengthen your immune system. Have enough rest, eat a healthy diet and get frequent exercise.

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