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By: Sami Greif, SN
What is Pneumonia
* Infection of the lungs
* Fluid & pus fills alveoli
* Source: more than 100 different germs can cause pneumonia.
* Most common type of pneumonia is bacterial pneumonia & community-acquired pneumonia
Introduction of Pneumonia
* Caused by: inhaling germs & chemicals
* Bacteria, Viruses, Fungui
* Healthy people are able to fight off infections.
* Sick people or those with upper respiratory illness are more prone to have bacteria growing in their lungs. In addition, it is most commonly found in young children.
How is Pneumonia Spread?
* Coughing or sneezing by releasing the fluid in air which mixed with the air & contains germs.
* Infection occurs when you breathe in the micro-organisms.
* More likely to contract pneumonia after the cold or flu.
* Community-acquired bacterial pneumonia.
* Hospital-acquired bacterial pneumonia.
Risk Factors of Pneumonia:
* Infants who are 2 years old or younger
* People who are 65 years old or older
* Health problems (heart failure, diabetes)
* People with lung diseases (COPD)
* People with weak or suppressed immune system (HIV/AIDS, chemotherapy, organ transplant or blood and marrow stem cell transplant)
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