In older adults, flu often turns into pneumonia because the immune system and lungs are already compromised from fighting the flu. Pneumonia settles in the lungs and is a respiratory illness that causes coughing, shortness of breath and fever.
Those 65 years and older are more susceptible to pneumonia than other age groups. And if an older adult has a chronic condition, such as diabetes or COPD, the chance he or she will get pneumonia after having the flu is increased.
The most common type of pneumonia is bacterial pneumonia, which, fortunately, can be battled by a widely available vaccine. However, there are several different types of pneumonia, all of which are contracted and treated differently.
The best way to confirm whether you have pneumonia is through your provider, who will likely recommend a chest x-ray. Your provider also can discuss the treatment options best for you.
This blog is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding your health or medical needs.