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Pneumonia: Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention

October 24, 2019

>So let’s tackle first doctor, pneumonia.
Pneumonia as we say in Spanish. How can you tell the difference between a cold
and pneumonia? >So that’s not necessarily the easiest thing but certainly going to
see a physician for a complete exam is the first way to get yourself evaluated
if you’re not sure what’s going on. A physician will listen to your lungs and
if needed order a chest x-ray which can actually confirm the presence of a
pneumonia.>And who’s at risk for pneumonia, so pneumonia is a infection
that anybody could get certainly there are some people who are at higher risk
and those would be patients that are over the age of 65, anyone at any age
with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, asthma, anyone
who has a weakened immune system, because of medications or medical conditions, are
all at more risk of developing pneumonia.>And is a vaccination the best way to
prevent pneumonia?>A vaccination is a great way to prevent the pneumonia. The
pneumonia vaccines are available there are two that we give and we’ll be
talking about that in a little bit but that’s one important aspect, it’s also
very important that you take care to keep yourself as healthy as possible
make sure that you have good hand-washing during cold or flu season
being careful, not to be around other people who are too sick and in close
contact being careful to avoid touching your face your hands on your mouth or
your eyes is a way that illnesses get spread and, so hygiene is important,
general health is important, and also vaccinating is important.>And to wrap up
pneumonia do you need that every year that vaccine?>Actually you do not need
that every year, that’s a very good question. That vaccine is given as two
doses one year apart and then generally you may need a booster five to ten years
later depending again on medical conditions and health status.

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