Pneumonia is when there is an infection in one or both lungs.
It is caused by many germs including bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Pneumonia is also caused by inhaling a liquid or chemical.The people that are most at risk are children under age two and elderly over sixty- five, also those who already have medical problems.
Symptoms of pneumonia include high fever, chills, cough with phlegm that does not get better. Shortness of breath may develop and chest pain may occur.
If it is caused by bacteria antibiotics will help. If it is viral then an antiviral medicine will treat it.
There are vaccines to prevent pneumococcal pneumonia and the flu.
Hand washing and not smoking are also preventative measures.