Cold and flu season is well underway but these illnesses can often be confused with a much more serious infection.
Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs and depending on the cause, doctors can often treat pneumonia with medication.
According to the CDC, pneumonia can cause mild to severe illness in people of all ages, but people who are most at risk of developing pneumonia are young children and the elderly.
Common signs of cold, flu, and pneumonia include cough and congestion but pneumonia lasts much longer and may include fever and difficulty breathing.
To prevent pneumonia and other respiratory infections be sure to wash your hands regularly and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
And make healthy choices, like quitting smoking and managing ongoing medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease. You can also lower your risk of pneumonia with vaccinations.
Remember, pneumonia can often be prevented and can usually be treated.