Pneumonia is a respiratory system disease that affects the lungs. The elderly and young children are the groups most at risk of developing pneumonia. Basic measures to avoid contracting pneumonia include good hand hygiene, quitting smoking and an appropriate vaccination programme.

Pneumonia explained in first person

Professionals and patients explain how you live with the disease
Pneumonia can be prevented by good hygiene, such as washing your hands, or using a mask if someone has a productive cough.
If you’ve been diagnosed with pneumonia, the first thing I would say is to trust your medical team. And the most important thing I recommend, for whatever reason, is not to smoke.

Substantiated information by:

Antoni Torres Martí
Juan Roselló Sáncho

Published: 20 February 2018
Updated: 20 February 2018

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