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Pneumonia – Dr. Angela McLean on WVUE FOX 8 News

September 21, 2019


Anchor: Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton
brought attention to pneumonia after signs of her own illness. Doctors say you’re more likely to contract
the lung infection after having a cold or the flu and Dr. Angela McLean with Peoples
Health joins us now with a look at the symptoms and how you can insure healthy aging. Good Morning. Anchor: So, elderly people are more susceptible
to pneumonia, but first of all tell us what it is because it sounds like this scary condition
when you hear it, tell us what it is. Dr. McLean: Well, the easy way to think of
it is that it’s an infection of the lung. The extremes in ages are usually more susceptible
to pneumonia, so very young children, older individuals, that’s why those are the largest
groups that we recommend vaccinations Anchor: So at 69 years old it wasn’t uncommon
for someone that age to easily get pneumonia. Dr. McLean: Correct, usually if they have
some underlying illnesses like asthma, COPD, if they’re smokers, but the fact that she
was basically in good shape and healthy, she probably responded pretty quickly to it and
it wasn’t some thing that required hospitalization. Anchor: What are some prevention tips for
folks hoping not to get a lung infection. How do you prevent that? Dr. McLean: Well, one is try to stay nice
and healthy, definitely avoid smoking, particularly if you’re older we recommend getting your
vaccinations, flu vaccine in particular, this time of year the new flu vaccine is available
and also there’s a pneumonia vaccine. Anchor: So kids, very young and also the elderly
would be more susceptible to pneumonia, any different treatment for the kids? Maybe toddlers or people up to maybe 10 or
11 years old? Dr. McLean: Well, it just depends, there are
viruses that can cause pneumonia, you can get pneumonia from the flu, there are also
different types of bacterial pneumonia and so depending on the age groups and underlying
illnesses, there are different types. But if they’re bacterial pneumonias most of
the treatments other than how we dose it are pretty similar. Anchor: How do you know if you have pneumonia? What are the symptoms? Dr. McLean: Well a lot of the patients will
present with fever, cough, it may be dry or productive, they may also have chills, sweats. Now very old individuals sometimes aren’t
even able to mount adequate fever, so their symptoms may be a little different and they
may actually present a little confused. Anchor: Light headedness or dizziness? What do you want to tell people, you deal
mostly with elderly health Dr. McLean: Yeah, adults, yes
Anchor: What do you want to tell people about just the general course of action if you want
to stay healthy as you get older because your immune system maybe a little less fighting
and strong. What do you want to tell people? Dr. McLean: Really, just take good care of
yourself. So, nice well rounded diet, lots of fruit
and vegetables, exercise is key, try to stay at a nice healthy weight, sleep is essential,
so we spend a lot of time talking about sleep hygiene, making sure you’ve got that television
off, the lights off, try to get good 7 – 8 hours of sleep each night. Anchor: Alright, that’s good advice. We’ll try to stick to it on the Morning Edition
but I don’t think it’s going to go over too well (laughter). Alright Dr. Angela McLean with Peoples Health,
thanks so much for joining us. Dr. McLean: Thank you.

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