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Will I Catch Pneumonia? When your body is fighting another disease, particularly a disease involving the lungs, you have a chance of getting pneumonia. Age is another reason for getting it—because our bodies naturally weaken as we get older. And babies and young children are at greater risk because their bodies’ immune systems haven’t fully developed yet. Other risk factors include: • Any disease or condition that weakens the immune system, including heart disease, diabetes, emphysema, asthma, HIV, AIDS, kidney disease, liver disease or alcoholism. • Working in construction or agriculture (farming or landscaping), where you’re more likely to breathe in dust, chemicals, toxic fumes, and other things that can damage the lungs and make it harder to fight off infection • Smoking or drinking too much alcohol, because smoking damages the tiny hairs in the lungs that help get rid of particles, and because alcohol abuse puts you at greater risk of vomiting, and being unable to effectively cough out harmful particles that have entered the lungs. Alcoholism can directly impair the immune system. • Being in the hospital, particularly in an ICU • Having recent surgery or a serious injury, particularly on your chest. 7


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