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It’s not a cold or the flu.

Colds and the flu are caused by viruses, while pneumococcal pneumonia is caused by bacteria.

Pneumococcal pneumonia can be serious. Some people who get it continue to feel the impact of the disease for weeks—or even longer. It could also land you in the hospital or even be life-threatening.

True or False?
Your immune system weakens as you age, putting you at
higher risk for pneumococcal pneumonia.
True
It’s true, your immune system does weaken with age.

That may put you at higher risk for pneumococcal pneumonia. You may also be at higher risk if you are living with chronic health conditions like asthma, chronic lung disease, chronic heart disease, or diabetes, among others.

True
The fact is, your immune system does weaken with age.

That may put you at higher risk for pneumococcal pneumonia. You may also be at higher risk if you are living with chronic health conditions like asthma, chronic lung disease, chronic heart disease, or diabetes, among others.

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