How can the flu cause pneumonia?

While there are many causes of pneumonia, one cause is the flu, according to the National Institutes of HealthOff Site Icon (NIH).

Bacteria are the most common cause of pneumonia in adults, and many types of bacteria can cause pneumonia, according to the NIH. Bacterial pneumonia sometimes occurs on its own, and other times it is caused by a cold or the flu.

If you have the flu, drinking lots of fluids, avoiding antihistamines, not smoking and avoiding alcohol are all good ways to help avoid having the flu turn into pneumonia, according to the American Lung AssociationOff Site Icon.

Talk to your doctor for more information about how the flu can cause pneumonia.

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