Certain vaccines may prevent pneumonia:
- Flu shot —for people at high risk, particularly the elderly, because pneumonia may be a complication of the flu
- Pneumococcal vaccine
- People over aged 65, or those who have a chronic illness, such as diabetes or sickle-cell disease
- Children under two years old
Other preventive measures include:
- Avoid smoking. Smoke weakens the lungs' resistance to infection.
- Avoid close contact with people who have the cold or flu.
- Wash hands often. This is very important when coming in contact with infected people.
- Protect yourself on jobs that affect the lungs.
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Get adequate rest.
- Exercise regularly.
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