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.
Your immune system weakens as you age, putting you at
higher risk for pneumococcal pneumonia.
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