Pneumonia Prevention

Influenza Vaccine
The influenza vaccine (the flu shot) helps prevent the flu for up to one year. It's usually given between October and January. Because many people get pneumonia after having the flu, this vaccine also helps with pneumonia prevention.
 

Other Things That Can Help

Taking the following steps can also help prevent pneumonia:
 
  • Wash your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based rubs to kill germs.
     
  • Don't smoke. Smoking damages your lungs' ability to filter out and defend against germs.
     
  • Keep your immune system strong. Get plenty of rest and physical activity, and follow a healthy diet.
     
  • If you have pneumonia, limit face-to-face contact with family and friends. Cover your nose and mouth while coughing or sneezing, and get rid of tissues right away. These measures help keep the infection from spreading.
     
5 Tips to Keep a Cold at Bay

Pneumonia Information

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