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How Many People 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
Not: necessarily - unless you have an underlying condition that makes you more susceptible. ...Read more
What is the value of a pneumonia vaccine in addition to flu vaccine? I'm in my fifties and take the bus to work every day. Every year i get the flu vaccine, but a friend suggested i also get the pneumonia vaccine. Is this something I should be doing?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I'm 27, non-smoker, but since 5 years ago after a pneumonia I've been showing black thin strings in my nasal mucus every time I get ill, like the flu?
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?
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