World Pneumonia Day is observed in November, and serves as a reminder that pneumonia can strike at any age, anywhere, and anytime. Data from the WHA Information Center (WHAIC) found there were 17,035 inpatient admissions in Wisconsin hospitals for pneumonia from January 2017 through June 2018. WHAIC has provided a trend line on its website.
Pneumonia is often a complication of a respiratory infection—especially the flu. But, there are more than 30 different causes of the illness. Older adults, children and people with chronic disease, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma, are at high risk for pneumonia.
The American Lung Association notes you can reduce your risk of getting pneumonia by following a few simple steps:
- Get vaccinated. The flu is a common cause of pneumonia, so preventing the flu is a good way to prevent pneumonia.
- Wash your hands.
- Don’t smoke. Tobacco damages your lung’s ability to fight off infection.
- Be aware of your general health. Be aware of any symptoms that linger for a few days and follow good health habits.