WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT
While pneumonia always refers to an infection of the lungs, there are many different types. The most common type of bacterial pneumonia is called pneumococcal pneumonia.
Pneumococcal pneumonia is a potentially serious lung disease that, in severe cases, can be life threatening. Symptoms can develop quickly and may include fever, shaking chills, and chest pain with difficulty breathing.
50 or older? Your risk of being hospitalized after getting pneumococcal pneumonia is 8X greater than younger adults aged 18-49.
Here’s what you should know about pneumococcal pneumonia.
Hospitals aren’t the only place you can get pneumonia. In fact, community-acquired pneumonia is actually more common. It affects people as they go about their everyday lives, outside of hospitals or health care settings.
Pneumococcal pneumonia is one type of community-acquired pneumonia. It is caused by common bacteria called Streptococcus pneumoniae.
Risk increases with age. That’s because the body’s immune system naturally weakens as we get older, making it harder for our bodies to fight off infections and disease.
Even if you’re as young as 50, healthy, active, and take good care of yourself, it’s important to know you can still get pneumococcal pneumonia,
Pneumonia is not a cold or the flu. Symptoms like fatigue, chest pain, and difficulty breathing can appear without warning, and can be severe. Certain symptoms, like cough and fatigue, may last for weeks or longer, and can even put you in the hospital.
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Symptoms of Pneumococcal Pneumonia
Pneumococcal pneumonia symptoms can be serious. Certain symptoms, like cough and fatigue, can last for weeks or longer and can even put you in the hospital.
50 or older? Your risk of being hospitalized after getting pneumococcal pneumonia
is 8X greater than younger adults aged 18-49.
In fact, the average hospital stay for those requiring hospitalization is approximately six days. In severe cases, pneumococcal pneumonia can be life-threatening. It’s the kind of illness you shouldn’t ignore.
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Pneumococcal pneumonia is a potentially serious lung infection that, in severe cases, can be life threatening. Symptoms like fatigue, chest pain, and difficulty breathing can appear without warning, and can be severe.
Help protect yourself. Get vaccinated.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist to learn if a pneumococcal vaccination is right for you.
People who catch pneumococcal pneumonia are typically treated with an antibiotic, since the illness is caused by bacteria. Depending on the severity of the pneumonia, either an oral or IV antibiotic is usually prescribed.
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