Some of the techniques that may help prevent the spread of pneumonia include encouraging people to maintain high standards of cleanliness, vaccinating young children against measles and chickenpox, isolating people with contagious conditions like flu or cold and staying away from cigarettes. People who have attained the age of 65 years, are recovering from an illness, those in nursing homes and those with chronic diseases or conditions are at a higher risk of getting pneumonia, according to the American Lung Association.
People who smoke a lot or those exposed to secondhand smoking are at a high risk of getting pneumonia since the smoke weakens various organs including the lungs. It is therefore a good idea to stay away from cigarettes or any other substance that produces smoke.
People with measles or chickenpox are able to transmit the pneumonia causing virus to healthy people and that is why staying away from them can be a good idea especially if not yet vaccinated against these conditions.
Bacteria and viruses are easily transmitted from one person to another through various avenues this is why it is important to maintain personal hygiene. It is prudent to wash hands regularly in order to get rid of viruses and bacteria that may latch onto the skin. Getting vaccinated against measles and chickenpox is a good idea since it helps in preventing the effects of the viruses that cause pneumonia.