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There are more than 30 kinds of pneumonia, but there are four main types you should know about: • Community-acquired pneumonia: This is the most common way to catch pneumonia. It’s called “community” because people typically catch it in public areas. It can be caused by bacteria, a virus, a fungus, or things like dust or smoke in the air, but it can also start after a cold or flu. Pneumococcal and Influenza are the most common community acquired pneumonias. Hemophilus (H.flu) is of particular concern in school-aged children. • Hospital-acquired pneumonia: This pneumonia is caught during a hospital stay, particularly while staying in an ICU or using a breathing machine. It’s a very dangerous infection for younger children, older adults, and people whose bodies are weak or working overtime to fight other kinds of illnesses. Hospital-acquired pneumonia is typically caused by a powerful bacteria such as Staphylococcus, VRE, et al. • Aspiration pneumonia: This type of pneumonia occurs when you choke on something but are unable to cough it out. Aspiration pneumonia can develop after vomiting or choking on food. • Opportunistic pneumonia: This pneumonia piggybacks on other diseases and conditions that make it harder for your body to stay healthy. Everyone is born with a shield called the immune system that fights against many of the things that make you sick. Opportunistic pneumonia often attacks people with weak immune systems. Their bodies are not strong enough to fight other diseases and prevent pneumonia at the same time. Pneumonia can be a major problem for people with HIV, AIDS or COPD; people on dialysis; people with advanced age; or people with immune system impairment from medicines or disease. Opportunistic infections are an emerging threat in our society, and include such germs as Pneumocystis, Histoplasmosis and Coccidiomycosis (Valley Fever). PLAY VIDEO Bacterial Pneumonia 5


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