You can help protect yourself from getting pneumonia this winter

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – You can get pneumonia from the flu if it goes untreated, according to Dr. Janinie Ellis from the Coliseum Northside Hospital.

Ellis said there are three types of pneumonia including bacterial, viral, and fungal pneumonia.

Pneumonia is a lung infection.

She said pneumonia usually follows an upper respiratory infection or the flu.

“One of the biggest complications of the flu is actually pneumonia, and the pneumonia that follows flu can be a really bad case of pneumonia, so one of the primary prevention is to get your flu vaccines,” Ellis said.

Ellis said there is a pneumonia vaccine available, but you should talk to your doctor first to see if you need it.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people 65 years and older or adults 19 years and older with health conditions like asthma, chronic heart disease, and more often get the vaccine.

According to the CDC, symptoms of pneumonia include fever and chills, cough, difficulty breathing, and chest pain.

Ellis said the best way to protect yourself from pneumonia is starting with the flu vaccine.

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