Pneumonia is a serious illness that can affect people of any age. Dr. Sheibani and Dr. Broukhim offer the most advanced diagnostic and treatment options for Westwood, CA, patients with suspected or confirmed pneumonia, as well as pneumonia vaccinations to help prevent the disease.
Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lung or lungs that's caused by germs invading the tissues. Pneumonia can be caused by bacteria, viruses or some types of fungus. When the lung tissues become infected with these germs, tiny air pockets called alveoli begin to fill with fluid, weighing down lungs and making it difficult to breathe. The inflammation can also trigger persistent coughing, and some patients may cough up blood, and patients develop a fever and chills as the body tries to fight off the infection. Eventually, the lungs may “collapse” as fluid continues to build up. Over time, organ damage can occur as lungs become ineffective at taking in oxygen and distributing it to the blood. In some patients, the infection can spread to organs besides the lungs.
The pneumonia vaccine is one of the most effective ways of preventing the disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports more than 55,000 people die each year form pneumonia, and more than a million are treated in hospitals. Dr. Sheibani can provide you with more information about the vaccine and help you decide if it's a good choice for you.
Some patients may have tenderness around the injection site, and a few may develop mild achiness or low-grade fever, which are normal signs that the body is developing the antibodies it will need to fight off an infection. Serious side effects are extremely rare.
The CDC recommends children under five, adults 65 and over, and any other person with risk factors like heart disease, lung disease, liver disease, diabetes, or immune-compromising conditions should have a pneumonia vaccine.