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Pneumonia

Pneumonia is a common lung infection caused by bacteria, a virus or fungi. Pneumonia and its symptoms can vary from mild to severe. Many treatments for pneumonia are available. Treatment depends on the cause of your pneumonia, how severe your symptoms are, and your age and overall health. Most healthy people recover from pneumonia in one to three weeks, but pneumonia can be life-threatening. The good news is that pneumonia can be prevented—by getting an annual flu shot (as flu often leads to pneumonia), frequently washing your hands, and for people at high risk, getting a vaccine for pneumococcal pneumonia.

Learn About Pneumonia

Pneumonia is a common lung infection caused by bacteria, a virus or fungi. It is often spread via coughing, sneezing, or even breathing.

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Pneumonia Symptoms, Causes, and Risk Factors

Anyone can get pneumonia. It's commonly a complication of a respiratory infection—especially the flu—but there are more than 30 different causes of the illness. Older adults, children and people with chronic disease, including COPD and asthma, are at high risk for pneumonia.

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Diagnosing and Treating Pneumonia

Many treatments for pneumonia are available. Treatment depends on the cause of your pneumonia, how severe your symptoms are, your age and overall health.

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Preventing Pneumonia

You can reduce your risk of getting pneumonia by following a few simple steps.

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Questions to Ask Your Doctor about Pneumonia

Here are five important questions to ask your doctor about pneumonia.

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