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How can I protect myself from pneumonia?

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  • Get a viral influenza (flu) vaccine (shot) each year. Flu vaccines are prepared annually in anticipation of that year's virus strain. Influenza can make pneumonia infection more likely.
  • Get the pneumonia vaccine to protect yourself against Streptococcus pneumoniae.
  • Get treated for any other infections in the respiratory system, especially those in the lungs. Wash your hands before eating, before preparing food, and after going outside.
  • Try to avoid people who have colds or the flu. Ask them to visit you when they are feeling better.
  • Eat a healthy diet, exercise, and get plenty of rest.
  • Contact your doctor if you think you have symptoms. Don't wait for symptoms to worsen, as you may develop an emergency condition.
  • Don't smoke.
  • Don't use alcohol heavily.

From: Parkinson's Disease and Pneumonia WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 21, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 10/21/2018

SOURCES:

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Parkinson's disease - Complications."

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Disease: "Advice for the the newly diagnosed."

American Lung Association: "Understanding Pneumonia."

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "What Is Pneumonia?"

Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 21, 2018

SOURCES:

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Parkinson's disease - Complications."

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Disease: "Advice for the the newly diagnosed."

American Lung Association: "Understanding Pneumonia."

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "What Is Pneumonia?"

Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 21, 2018

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