What is Pneumonia? (Definition)
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, pneumonia is a bacterial, viral, or fungal infection of one or both sides of the lungs which causes the air sacs, or alveoli, of the lungs to fill up with fluid or pus. Symptoms of pneumonia can be mild or severe and may include a cough with phlegm, fever, chills, and trouble breathing.
Factors affecting the severity of pneumonia may include the type of germ causing the lung infection, age, and overall health. Pneumonia tends to be more serious for children under the age of five, adults over the age of 65, people with certain conditions such as heart failure, diabetes, or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), or people who have weak immune systems due to HIV/AIDS, chemotherapy, or organ or blood and marrow stem cell transplant procedures.
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