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Doctor insights on: How Many People Get Pneumonia Every Year

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Is it normal for a 6 yr old child with asthma to get pneumonia every year?

Is it normal for a 6 yr old child with asthma to get pneumonia every year?

Not normal: It is not normal for a child with asthma to get pneumonia each year. It is important to make sure his/her asthma is under good control. If he/she is being legitimately diagnosed with pneumonia every year (with chest x-ray), he may also need an immunologic evaluation to make sure his immune system functions properly. ...Read more

Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more


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Once you get pneumonia are you more likely to get it every year ?

Once you get pneumonia are you more likely to get it every year ?

Not: necessarily - unless you have an underlying condition that makes you more susceptible. ...Read more

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Is it normal or common to have pneumonia every year? What causes it? How does it happen?

Is it normal or common to have pneumonia every year? What causes it? How does it happen?

No: It's not even common to have pneumonia once. First you need to make sure the term is not being used loosely to describe an acute bronchitis. If you truly are having recurrent pneumonia you need to find the underlying cause, which is some kind of immune deficiency. ...Read more

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I'm 75 yrs. of age. Got a pneumonia shot 3 yrs. ago. Also got the new Prevcar 13 just last year. Do I need these every year?

I'm 75 yrs. of age.  Got a pneumonia shot 3 yrs. ago.  Also got the new Prevcar 13 just last year.  Do I need these every year?

Pneumovax is : recommended every 5 years. The Flu vaccine is every year. Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 is usually a one time dose but CDC will come out with their recommendation in 2018. ...Read more

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Is it normal or common to have pneumonia every year during the cold or allergy season in a child and/or adult? Does this mean they have asthma?

Is it normal or common to have pneumonia every year during the cold or allergy season in a child and/or adult? Does this mean they have asthma?

Maybe: It is not normal to get recurrent pneumonia. Problems can range from a deficient immune system, to other lung diseases like COPD and asthma ( flare ups of these diseases can mimic pneumonia, ) to heart disease with congestive heart failure. In any case this needs further evaluation. ...Read more

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Does smoking make pneumonia worse? Can it also make pneumonia keep coming back? My dad has had pneumonia every year for the last three years. The doctor keeps telling him to quit. Is that because smoking is making him worse or causing him to keep getting

Does smoking make pneumonia worse? Can it also make pneumonia keep coming back? My dad has had pneumonia every year for the last three years. The doctor keeps telling him to quit. Is that because smoking is making him worse or causing him to keep getting

Smoking : Smoking can make the effects of pneumonia worse and it can also increase the risk for getting pneumonia. Smoking causes inflammation of the airways and in some people this can lead to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (copd). COPD can either be chronic bronchitis or emphysema. Smoking can also make asthma worse. If someone has COPD and/or asthma, the effects and symptoms of pneumonia can be significantly worse. Because the airways are inflammed and air and mucous can get more easily trapped, it is easier for smoking patients to get pneumonia. It is important for your dad to quit smoking and if he needs to, he needs to seek professional counseling and help so he can quit. ...Read more

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Any side effect for getting a flu shot and a pneumonia vaccine every year?

Any side effect for getting a flu shot and a pneumonia vaccine every year?

Immunizations: Annual flu shot good idea: may feel achy few days while body builds defenses against flu viruses. Pneumonia vaccine generally not given every year unless immune system is compromised. Originally was given one time; now may be given more than once in elderly who don't mount as strong an immune response. Both can cause localized soreness at injection site. Rare possibility of guillain-barré syndrome. ...Read more

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My son is 5 and ever since he was little he has gotten bronchittis and pnemonia atleast once every year since hes been born what could cause this?

My son is 5 and ever since he was little he has gotten bronchittis and pnemonia atleast once every year since hes been born what could cause this?

Immune deficiency: Recurrent serious infections in a young child is suspicious for some type of inherited immune deficiency. You might consider bringing this up with your pediatrician, or asking for a referral to a specialist to investigate further. ...Read more

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