The immune system has a major impact on the risk of pneumonia – Archyde

JAKARTA (ANTARA) – Not only in COVID-19, immunity is also a very influential factor in a person’s risk of developing pneumonia, according to Dr. DR. Alvina Widhani, Sp.PD-KAI.

“Immune factors have a major impact on whether or not someone can develop pneumonia,” he said in an RSUI press release quoted on Saturday.

Alvina explained that the causes of pneumonia are pathogens such as bacteria, viruses and fungi. Studies have shown that several types of germs such as Streptococcus-Pneumonie, Haemophilus-Grippe, as well as respiratory viruses such as viruses that cause colds, flu and COVID-19, which mainly occur in adults or older people aged 65 and over with pneumonia.

One way to increase immunity is to get vaccinated to increase immunity by creating antibodies so the body is ready to fight off bacteria or viruses that enter the body.

“Pneumonia can be invasive and non-invasive, the immune system can change from non-invasive to invasive, so this pneumonia vaccine is an important intervention for older people who will have a weakened immune system,” Alvina said.

There are a number of things to consider before vaccination against pneumonia, namely firstly the indication of this vaccination for people over 50 years of age and secondly whether there is a history of allergies and acute symptoms.

Pneumonia is not a disease that cannot be prevented or treated. Lifestyle improvements such as smoking prevention, optimal nutrition, and immunizations are steps people can take to help prevent pneumonia.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that people get the pneumonia vaccine to help prevent pneumonia.

The pneumonia vaccine can be given to infants, children, adults and the elderly. According to the CDC, the pneumonia vaccine is 50-85 percent effective in protecting individuals from developing pneumonia in adults ages 65 and older.

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