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Pneumonia

Pneumonia is a common lung infection caused by germs, such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi. It can be a complication of the flu, but other viruses, bacteria and even fungi can cause pneumonia. Anyone can get pneumonia, but some people are more at risk than others. Pneumonia and its symptoms can vary from mild to severe. 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 it 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 causes and symptoms of pneumonia, how pneumonia is treated, ways to prevent pneumonia and more in this section.

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, and those who don't exhibit symptoms can also spread the illness.

What Causes Pneumonia?

Pneumonia can be caused by a wide variety of bacteria, viruses and fungi in the air we breathe. See more about the main causes.

Pneumonia Symptoms and Diagnosis

Pneumonia symptoms can vary from mild to severe and depend on the type germ causing the infection, your age and your overall health. Learn about signs and symptoms as well as how pneumonia is diagnosed and if it is contagious.

Pneumonia Treatment and Recovery

Learn about pneumonia treatment options and recovery, which depend on the type of pneumonia you have and how severe it is, and understand if you are at risk for complications from pneumonia.

Preventing Pneumonia

Pneumonia can be prevented. You can reduce your risk of getting pneumonia by following a few simple steps. Here's how.

Pneumococcal Pneumonia

Pneumococcal pneumonia, a serious lung infection, may affect adults as young as 50 years old. Take a risk assessment and learn about the symptoms and severity.

Five Facts You Should Know About Pneumonia

Pneumonia is more common than you think. It causes more than a million hospitalizations and more than 50,000 deaths each year. Pneumonia is an infection in one or both of your lungs, causing inflammation and fluid build-up. It may cause problems w

Five Top Pneumonia Questions For Your Doctor

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

What Is The Connection Between Influenza and Pneumonia?

What Is The Connection Between Influenza and Pneumonia?

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