Risk Factors for Pneumonia
- Students in dormitories
- Patients living in institutions
- Military personnel in barracks
- People living in nursing homes
- Conditions that interfere with your gag reflex:
- Conditions that weaken your immune system:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- Kidney disease
- Congestive heart failure
- Poor nutrition
- Generally debilitated state
- Liver disease
- Ventilator use
- Weakened immune systems
- Gastroesophageal reflux disorder
- Lung or heart defects
- Nervous system defects that affect the muscles of the mouth and/or throat
- Young children
- Older adults
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- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 10/2012 -
- Update Date: 10/11/2012 -