Which preventive measures should be encouraged in patients with bacterial pneumonia?

Updated: Sep 30, 2020
  • Author: Justina Gamache, MD; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Patients should be encouraged to stop smoking, to avoid drinking alcohol to intoxication, and to keep their teeth in good repair. In addition, instruct patients at risk to receive appropriate influenza and pneumococcal immunizations.

Patients, particularly elderly and debilitated patients, should be instructed to seek prompt care should symptoms of dyspnea or fever and rigors develop.


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