Pneumonia is a scary word, isn’t it? Patients generally worry when they hear it, and rightfully so, but walking pneumonia doesn’t carry the same concern as pneumonia. In fact, while it’s not fun to have walking pneumonia, it’s certainly a lot easier than trying to recover from pneumonia.
Winter months are usually a time for warm blankets, fuzzy scarves and hot chocolate, although not in Houston at the moment where temperatures are in the 70s and 80s. It also tends to be a time for bronchitis. Bronchitis itself isn’t generally a problem, but if you let it go without treatment for too long, acute bronchitis can lead to pneumonia.
I work with senior patients every day. I’m often asked whether they should get vaccinated. The short answer: Yes! Older adults are particularly vulnerable, especially when it comes to some infectious diseases.