" Pneumonia (nu-MO-ne-ah) is swelling (inflammation) of one or both lungs that is usually caused by an infection. "
—Canadian Lung Association—
What is Pneumonia?
bacterial, viral or fungal infection
aspiration of food, liquids, chemicals, and dust
⋅ Chronic lung disease (COPD, asthma, cystic fibrosis) ⋅ Cigarette smoking ⋅Dementia, stroke, brain injury, cerebral palsy, or other brain disorders ⋅ Immune system problem (during cancer treatment, or due to HIV/AIDS, organ transplant or other diseases) ⋅ Other serious illnesses, such as heart disease, liver cirrhosis, or diabetes mellitus ⋅ Recent surgery or trauma ⋅ Surgery to treat cancer of the mouth, throat, or neck ⋅
Signs and Symptoms
⋅ fever ⋅ cough ⋅ yellow-green phlegm (mucus) ⋅ shortness of breath ⋅ feeling very tired and unwell ⋅chest pain ⋅
⋅ Annual flu shot each year ⋅ Pneumococcal vaccines ⋅ General good hygiene (Wash your hands after you use the bathroom and before you eat food) ⋅ Eat right (Fruits and vegetables are your friends!) ⋅Exercise ⋅ Staying away from those who are sick ⋅ Throw away used kleenex ⋅
There was an estimated
deaths from pneumonia in children under the age of five in 2016.