(HealthDay News) -- Pneumonia is a bacterial or viral
respiratory infection that's characterized by lung inflammation. It
can be life-threatening, especially to the young, the elderly and
to people with chronic health problems.
The University of Maryland Medical Center suggests how to help
- Wash your hands often, especially after you use the toilet,
change a diaper, prepare or eat food, or blow your nose.
- Don't smoke.
- Get vaccinated for pneumonia and flu.
- Children also should get an Hib vaccine.
- In some children younger than 24 months, the drug palivizumab
may be prescribed to help avoid pneumonia as a complication from
another respiratory condition.
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