Lower Your Risk with Vaccines
- Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
- influenza (flu)
- Pertussis (whooping cough)
- Varicella (chickenpox)
Try to avoid close contact with sick people. While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them. Following good hygiene practices can also help prevent respiratory infections. This includes washing your hands (http://www.cdc.gov/features/handwashing/index.html) regularly, cleaning frequently touched surfaces, and coughing or sneezing into a tissue or into your elbow or sleeve. You can also reduce your risk of getting pneumonia by limiting exposure to cigarette smoke and treating and preventing conditions like diabetes.
WHAT IS PNEUMONIA?
- Adults 65 years of age or older
- Children younger than 5 years of age
- People who have underlying medical conditions (like asthma, diabetes or heart disease)
- People who smoke cigarettes