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How can I prevent viral pneumonia?

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Follow these steps to prevent viral pneumonia:

  • Wash your hands often. Scrub them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before you eat or prepare food. Use sanitizer when you can get to soap and water.
  • Get a flu vaccination each year at the beginning of flu season.
  • Stay away from people who are coughing or sneezing.
  • Keep your hands away from your eyes, ears, nose, and mouth.

From: Viral Pneumonia WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health: “What is pneumonia?” “What are the signs and symptoms of pneumonia?” “How is pneumonia treated?” “Living with pneumonia,” “What causes pneumonia?”

Spiro, S. . Saunders, 2012. Clinical Respiratory Medicine, 4 edition th

CDC: “Types of influenza viruses,” “Respiratory syncytial virus infection,” “Human parainfluenza viruses (HPIVs),” “Adenoviruses,” “About coronavirus,” “Common colds: Protect yourself and others,” “How flu spreads,” “Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection (RSV): Transmission and prevention,” “CDC says ‘Take 3’ actions to fight the flu,” “Pneumonia can be prevented -- vaccines can help.”

Ruuskanen, O. , April 9, 2011. The Lancet

UpToDate: “Respiratory syncytial virus infection: Treatment.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 18, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health: “What is pneumonia?” “What are the signs and symptoms of pneumonia?” “How is pneumonia treated?” “Living with pneumonia,” “What causes pneumonia?”

Spiro, S. . Saunders, 2012. Clinical Respiratory Medicine, 4 edition th

CDC: “Types of influenza viruses,” “Respiratory syncytial virus infection,” “Human parainfluenza viruses (HPIVs),” “Adenoviruses,” “About coronavirus,” “Common colds: Protect yourself and others,” “How flu spreads,” “Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infection (RSV): Transmission and prevention,” “CDC says ‘Take 3’ actions to fight the flu,” “Pneumonia can be prevented -- vaccines can help.”

Ruuskanen, O. , April 9, 2011. The Lancet

UpToDate: “Respiratory syncytial virus infection: Treatment.”

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on May 18, 2019

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