4 Ways to Prevent Pneumonia

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 Getting shot is not typically thought of for it’s health benefits except when you are referring to immunizations.  Get Shot: Immunize Yourself  Seniors and those at higher risk are advised by centers such as the Mayo Clinic and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to get vaccinated against bacterial pneumococcal pneumonia. This one-time vaccine can reduce severity and even prevent pneumonia.

Getting shot is not typically thought of for it’s health benefits except when you are referring to immunizations.

Get Shot: Immunize Yourself

Seniors and those at higher risk are advised by centers such as the Mayo Clinic and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to get vaccinated against bacterial pneumococcal pneumonia. This one-time vaccine can reduce severity and even prevent pneumonia.

 Although Senior have been referred to as “Classics” their symptoms are anything but.  Atypical: Not your Classic Symptoms  Diagnosis of pneumonia within the senior population can be difficult because they do not typically suffer the classic symptoms. Family members should keep an eye out for symptoms like confusion, dizziness, delirium or other non-respiratory symptoms like weakness.

Although Senior have been referred to as “Classics” their symptoms are anything but.

Atypical: Not your Classic Symptoms

Diagnosis of pneumonia within the senior population can be difficult because they do not typically suffer the classic symptoms. Family members should keep an eye out for symptoms like confusion, dizziness, delirium or other non-respiratory symptoms like weakness.

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Have you ever heard the saying: Cleanliness is next to Godliness?

The practice of good hygiene habits can be one of the most effective ways to prevent Pneumonia. It can even work to prevent other illnesses such as colds, influenza or other respiratory infections that can lead to pneumonia. The team at the Mayo Clinic recommend hand washing regularly to help prevent the spread of these illnesses.

As a backup when you do not have  access to a sink hand sanitizer is a good alternative in a pinch. 

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Did you know that healthcare professionals say - Eating reduces your risk of Pneumonia? 

Seniors can help prevent pneumonia by making sure they are eating healthy. Proper nutrition leads to overall good health because it can keep the immune system strong and able to fight off infection that may come their way. Double check that your one is following  the current nutritional guidelines. It also doesn’t hurt to ensure they are getting plenty of rest and exercise.