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Viral Pneumonia (cont.)

Viral Pneumonia Prevention

Germs are spread both by aerosolized droplets that you breathe in (such as from a sneeze) and through body fluids left on surfaces like countertops and door handles. If you avoid people who are coughing or sneezing, and wash your hands frequently, you can reduce your chances of catching a virus.

Fluids and rest during bouts of the common cold can help prevent progression to pneumonia.

  • If you get a flu shot every fall, you reduce your chances of getting influenza pneumonia.
  • If you have never had chickenpox, you can get a vaccine to prevent it. You should discuss with your health care professional if the vaccine is indicated for you.

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