At Compass Community Health Care Center we are dedicated to providing the best health care possible. We are listening to our patients, families, and community with their health concerns and questions. Watch for #LiveWellWednesday posts each Wednesday, which focus on giving you the information and tips you need to understand current health care concerns and topics.
During the month of September we will be focusing on vaccinations and keeping you healthy this winter. Be sure and check back each Wednesday in September to get helpful information and tips from Compass Community Health Care Center Pharmacist Andy Pierron, on keeping yourself, and your family healthy all winter long.
Pneumonia can be a very serious illness if left untreated. One million hospitalizations occur each year due to pneumonia, and one in four of those patients hospitalized will die. Do you know the signs and symptoms of pneumonia? How to tell if you have just a common cold or pneumonia?
The most common sign is coughing, due to the lungs filling with fluid and infection. Other symptoms include, fever, chilling, difficulty breathing, chest pain and fatigue. It isn’t always obvious that it’s pneumonia, so be sure and see your provider should you experience these symptoms. More importantly, take extreme caution if you have asthma, diabetes, a heart condition, or other chronic illnesses, as pneumonia may set in faster and be more problematic those with chronic conditions.
Good news! There is a vaccine available to help prevent and reduce the chance that you and your loved one will suffer from pneumonia, and even better, this vaccine is available at Compass. Vaccinations are available Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm at the Compass Pharmacy, and no appointment is necessary. The vaccine is covered by most insurance plans or at a very reduced cost for those paying out of pocket.
For additional information on this topic, or to schedule an appointment with one of our providers, please contact our office at 740-351-7102.
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