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First comes flu, then comes…

Pneumonia and the flu tend to strike in the same seasons. And Centra Care locations are reporting that tendency now.

Most cases of pneumonia in adults are caused by a bacterial infection, while most pediatric cases are caused by viruses, including the flu, RSV and parainfluenza virus (which causes croup).

The following Centra Care locations have seen the greatest increases:

Winter Park – up 500%
Clermont – up 350%
Conway , Brandon & Orange Lake – up 200%


Often, pneumonia begins after a cold or the flu, but it is not easily self-diagnosed.

A Centra Care doctor can diagnose pneumonia with a chest x-ray. While it is a relatively common infection of the lungs, pneumonia can be dangerous — it is the leading cause of death from infection. The most common cases of pneumonia, known as “walking pneumonia”, can usually be treated with antibiotics at home. Of course, there are times when hospitalization is necessary.

Symptoms of Pneumonia Include:

  • Fever
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Shallow & Fast Breathing
  • Coughing (which may include mucus)
  • Sweating & Chills
  • Headache
  • Muscle Ache
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Fatigue

The symptoms of pneumonia often mimic other illnesses like the flu, asthma or bronchitis, so people often wait before seeking medical care. Do not do this. Developed pneumonia can cause severe symptoms and complications.

For those at high-risk because of chronic illnesses such as diabetes or heart disease, smokers, infants and the elderly — pneumonia can be life threatening.​

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a pneumonia vaccine for all people age 65 and older and anyone age 2 – 64 years that is considered high-risk for complications from pneumonia.