"Walking pneumonia" sounds like it could be a character in a sci-fi horror flick. Although this form of infectious pneumonia can make you miserable, it's actually the least scary kind of pneumonia. That's because it's a mild pneumonia and does not generally require hospitalization. In fact, you could have walking pneumonia and not even know it. Here is information about what causes this illness, how it spreads, and what you can do to avoid it.
People get pneumonia in daily life through the home or workplace (community-acquired
pneumonia). Community-acquired pneumonia does not include cases of pneumonia
contracted in a health care facility (such as a nursing home or a hospital). Pneumonia is more common during the winter months.
million of the people who get community-acquired pneumonia each year will have to go to the hospital.
Make up about one-third of all cases of
Are hospitalized more often and stay
longer in the hospital than younger people.
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March 17, 2011
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