I have C.O.P.D. and I’m constantly getting pneumonia the last few months. With each episode it seems to get harder and take longer to get rid of. Lately it seems like I don’t completely recover when it returns. What can I do?
Here are the prevention tips for pneumonia:
Get vaccinated. Vaccines are available to prevent some types of pneumonia and the flu. Talk with your doctor about getting these shots. The vaccination guidelines have changed over time so make sure to review your vaccination status with your doctor even if you recall previously receiving a pneumonia vaccine.Practice good hygiene. To protect yourself against respiratory infections that sometimes lead to pneumonia, wash your hands regularly or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.Don’t smoke. Smoking damages your lungs’ natural defenses against respiratory infections.Keep your immune system strong. Get enough sleep, exercise regularly and eat a healthy diet.