PNEUMONIA!

Project by Davis Larson

History

There have been many cases of important or famous people people that have died from pneumonia. For example, our ninth president, William Henry Harrison, died of pneumonia 31 days after his election. Also Jim Henson, the creator of The Muppets, died of pneumonia. So now you know that pneumonia is a deadly disease. Just last year approximately 900,000 kids died of pneumonia that were under the age of five. Every one of the 900,000 deaths were preventable.
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Symptoms and Types of Pneumonia

If you have pneumonia you might experience a low body temperature or fever. You could be nauseous, and have vomiting, or coughing. If you have headaches, shortness of breath or chest pain when you take deep breaths you may have pneumonia. Fatigue is another sign of pneumonia. Infants can show these signs but sometimes they do not show symptoms. In infants you might see sleep problems or having difficulty eating. There are a couple different types of pneumonia you can get. The first is bacterial pneumonia and it is the most common type of pneumonia. That type of pneumonia is promoted by the common cold. Another type is viral pneumonia which is caused by influenza viruses. Fungal pneumonia is caused by fungal diseases like coccidioidomycosis or histoplasmosis. Lastly, hypersensitivity pneumonia and it is caused by coming into contact with rodents or birds infected with pneumonia.
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The Organs Damaged and Treatments of Pneumonia

The main organ that pneumonia affects is the lungs. There are many treatments for pneumonia such as penicillin or sulfa drugs. Amoxicillin can stop most deaths from ever happening. Depending in your type of pneumonia different types of antibiotics can cure it. If you have an intense cough you should take cough medicine to reduce the intensity. You should go to the hospital if you get confused about times or places. If your blood pressure drops or you have rapid breathing you should also go to the hospital.
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Causes, Prevention, and Similar Diseases

The main cause of pneumonia is having bacteria in the lungs, which leads to infection. You can prevent that from happening by getting a flu shot and a pneumonia vaccination. You can also have good hygiene - washing your hands is a great way to avoid infection. Also those who do not smoke have a lower risk of getting pneumonia. Staying current on all your vaccines also helps prevent pneumonia. If you have the flu, pneumonia or a cold a really great thing you can do is stay home and rest so it doesn't get worse. Also, you don't want to spread it to other people. The flu is an illness most like pneumonia.
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Statistics

Pneumonia is most common in kids under two and adults sixty-five and older. The reason they are most likely to get pneumonia is because their immune system is either still growing or it is getting weaker. After treating pneumonia it can take twenty-eight days to return to normal. Pneumonia mainly causes deaths in people ages five and younger.
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Warning The Public and What You Can Do To Help

There are many organizations that are trying to warn the public about pneumonia. There is a website that you can go to called World Pneumonia Day. This site tells you about pneumonia and what you do to stop it. The World Pneumonia Day and The World Coalition Against Child Pneumonia Day are on November 12th. Just recently the UK donated 31 million Euros to World Pneumonia Day website to help prevent pneumonia. Some things you can do to help end world pneumonia is to start following "World Pneumonia Day" on Twitter or Facebook. If you do that it helps raises awareness about pneumonia. Another thing you can do is buy antibiotics for kids that don't have the money for them. The antibiotics only cost $0.21-$0.42 per treatment coarse. If you donate just $10 to the GAVI Alliance website it can give a child lifetime protection from pneumonia. We can help stop pneumonia together!
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