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Flu and pneumonia have some symptoms in common such as cough, fever, sweats, chills and feeling unwell. But there are distinct differences. The flu is caused by a strain of virus whereas pneumonia is a chest infection usually caused by a bacterial infection. The Lung Association is committed to supporting those affected by these serious and potentially life-threatening conditions. Here you will find ‘need to know’ info that will help you understand how flu and pneumonia are caused, symptoms to look for, and how to treat these illnesses.
INFLUENZA (THE FLU) is a very contagious infection caused by flu viruses. The flu can cause a mild to severe infection in your nose, sinuses, throat and lungs.
THE FLU VACCINE is the most important measure you cab take to protect yourself. Get the flu vaccine and encourage others in your family to get the flu vaccine too.
YOU OR YOUR HEATH-CARE provider may suspect you have the flu based on your symptoms, how severe they are, and how long they last.
THE FLU IS VERY contagious and can be serious. Getting the flu increases your risk of: Pneumonia, Severe flare-up of many health conditions