Politics Aside, Why Pneumonia Is Serious

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        Pneumonia played a big part in recent political news coverage, but politics aside, what do we really know about the disease? Dr. Steven Simpson is a pulmonary and critical care specialist at The University of Kansas Hospital. In the video, he explains how you get pneumonia, what are the risk factors, whether there is such a thing as “walking pneumonia,” how the pneumonia vaccine works, the symptoms and treatment of pneumonia, how long it usually lasts and whether it’s contagious.