Pneumoniathat is, as it is commonly known as pneumoniaAn infection in the lungs caused by viruses or bacteria. Especially in the past, these infections were extremely dangerous, but nowadays, they can be treated much more easily thanks to the developed vaccines and the advances in treatment methods.
What is pneumonia, what are its symptoms, and how to prevent pneumonia, here are all the details …
WHAT IS Pneumonia?
Pneumonia is an infection that inflames the air sacs in one or both lungs. The air sacs may fill with fluid or pus (purulent substance) and may cause coughing, fever, chills and difficulty breathing with sputum or pus. Various organisms can cause pneumonia, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
Pneumonia can be mild in severity or life-threatening. It can be very dangerous for babies and young children, those over 65, and people with health problems or weakened immune systems.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF Pneumonia?
Pneumonia signs and symptoms vary from mild to severe, depending on factors such as the type of microbe that causes the infection, the age and general health of the person. Mild signs and symptoms are usually similar to a cold or flu but last longer.
Signs and symptoms of pneumonia can include:
- Chest pain when breathing or coughing
- Confusion or changes in mental awareness (seen in adults aged 65 and over)
- Cough that can produce phlegm
- Fever, sweating, and shaking chills
- Body drops below normal body temperature (in adults over 65 and people with weakened immune systems)
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Shortness of breath
HOW TO PROTECT FROM Pneumonia?
The most important way to prevent pneumonia is vaccines. The Ministry of Health declared in the national vaccination calendar that all children should have the pneumonia vaccine at the end of the 2nd, 4th, 6th and 12th months. In addition, it is very important for people with risk factors, especially those over 65, to consult their physicians on the subject.
DEMAND HAS INCREASED BUT THERE IS NO ENOUGH PERSONAL VACCINE