November 12th is World Pneumonia Day


November 12th is World Pneumonia Day.

Infection that inflames air sacs in one or both lungs, which may fill with fluid.
With pneumonia, the air sacs may fill with fluid or pus. The infection can be life-threatening to anyone, but particularly to infants, children, and people over 65.
Symptoms include cough with phlegm or pus, fever, chills, and difficulty breathing.
Antibiotics can treat many forms of pneumonia. Some forms of pneumonia can be prevented by vaccines.

Very common
More than 3 million US cases per year
Some types preventable by vaccine
Treatable by a medical professional
Requires a medical diagnosis
Lab tests or imaging always required
Spreads by airborne droplets
Short-term: resolves within days to weeks
By airborne respiratory droplets (coughs or sneezes).
For informational purposes only. Consult your local medical authority for advice.
Sources: Mayo Clinic and others. Learn more

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