(HealthDay News) -- Pneumonia is a bacterial or viral respiratory infection that's characterized by lung inflammation. It can be life-threatening, especially to the young, the elderly and to people with chronic health problems.
The University of Maryland Medical Center suggests how to help prevent pneumonia:
Wash your hands often, especially after you use the toilet, change a diaper, prepare or eat food, or blow your nose.
Get vaccinated for pneumonia and flu.
Children also should get an Hib vaccine.
In some children younger than 24 months, the drug palivizumab may be prescribed to help avoid pneumonia as a complication from another respiratory condition.