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January 26, 2005

Albany - Pneumonia is the 6th leading cause of death in the U. S. and the leading cause of death from infection. January is typically peak season for the disease. If you have symptoms, you should see a doctor immediately.

Dr. Tracy Bridges says, "A lot of times these patients will come in and be a little short of breath, they will complain of some chest pain, particularly when they take a deep breath and so they just look sicker than the average patient because they've got so much infection going on in the lung itself."

Symptoms develop within 24 to 36 hours. If you are over the age of 65, or have a chronic illness, you may be eligible for a vaccine.

posted at 6:43 PM by karen.collier@walb.com

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