Here are some frequently asked questions related to pneumonia.
Q: Can there be complications from pneumonia?
A: Complications from pneumonia may occur. Secondary infections, which are usually bacterial, may require an additional course of antibiotic treatment, sometimes with a different antibiotic. Rarely, a lung abscess may result from pneumonia. Prompt medical attention can prevent or eliminate most potential complications.
Q: What is "walking pneumonia"?
A: When physicians diagnose someone with walking pneumonia, they are usually talking about an infection with an organism called
Q: Who pays for the needed vaccinations?
A: Most private insurance plans will pay for both the pneumococcal and flu shots, although you should check with your carrier first. Medicare also pays for both shots in people who are older than 65. People with no medical insurance can take advantage of the many programs that will pay for the vaccines, especially for children. Information about these programs is usually available from your doctor, local hospitals, or county or state health departments.
Q: My father lives in a nursing home. If he gets pneumonia will he have to be moved?
A: If someone living in a nursing home develops pneumonia, they generally can remain in the nursing home to recover. The person usually does not need to be moved as long as his pulse, temperature, and breathing are not significantly abnormal and qualified health care professionals are available to monitor and treat him. If the pneumonia can be treated with oral, injectable, or intravenous antibiotics, hospitalization is not usually necessary.
Q: Who should NOT get the vaccine?
A: Individuals who have had a previous allergic reaction to any component of the