Nurse listening to a patients heart beat with a stethoscope.

Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that ranges from mild to severe. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention list the most common signs of pneumonia as:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Difficulty breathing

Viruses, bacteria and different types of fungus can all lead to pneumonia.

Pneumonia is a larger concern for older adults, people living with chronic health conditions — like diabetes or asthma — or people with weakened immune systems like cancer patients or patients with HIV/AIDS. Pneumonia can also develop as a complication of the flu.

Make sure you get a flu shot each year and talk to your doctor about getting a pneumonia vaccine. Pneumonia vaccines are FREE to CareOregon members. Wash your hands and cover your mouth when coughing to help prevent the spread of infection.

 

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Send us a secure message through our Member Portal at careoregon.org/portal or call us at 503-416-4100, toll-free 800-224-4840 or TTY 711. We can help you make an appointment for a pneumonia vaccine.