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How many days after flu onset would bacterial pneumonia begin?

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatrics - Pulmonology

In brief: At risk

Once the inner lining of the lung is infected, it is prone to a secondary infection.
It may take weeks to recover from influenza, and a secondary pneumonia can occur at any time during that period. There is evidence that the risk for a pneumococcal pneumonia occurs even one week after influenza infection. An interesting link for more information: http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2013/06

In brief: At risk

Once the inner lining of the lung is infected, it is prone to a secondary infection.
It may take weeks to recover from influenza, and a secondary pneumonia can occur at any time during that period. There is evidence that the risk for a pneumococcal pneumonia occurs even one week after influenza infection. An interesting link for more information: http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2013/06
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