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How can I prevent walking pneumonia?

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There's no vaccine for it, so you can’t completely prevent it. There are things you can do, though, to lower your chances of getting it:

  • Exercise, eat a well-balanced diet, and get enough sleep. Doing these things will help keep your body healthy and better able to resist infection.
  • Wash your hands often. It’s one of the best ways to keep germs from spreading.
  • Don't smoke. Smoking damages the lungs, and damaged lungs are more likely to get infected.
  • Cover your mouth with your sleeve when you cough or sneeze -- and ask others to do the same. Coughing and sneezing are the main ways that these infections are spread.

From: What is Walking Pneumonia? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Walking Pneumonia."

American Lung Association: "Pneumonia."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Pneumonia."

New York State Department of Health: "Mycoplasma Infection (walking pneumonia, atypical pneumonia)."

Broward County Florida Medical Examiner & Trauma Services Division: "Walking (a) Pneumonia."

CDC: “ Infection.” Mycoplasma pneumoniae

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on December 28, 2018

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Walking Pneumonia."

American Lung Association: "Pneumonia."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Pneumonia."

New York State Department of Health: "Mycoplasma Infection (walking pneumonia, atypical pneumonia)."

Broward County Florida Medical Examiner & Trauma Services Division: "Walking (a) Pneumonia."

CDC: “ Infection.” Mycoplasma pneumoniae

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on December 28, 2018

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