Answers to Common Cold and Flu Questions

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about cold and flu.

What is the difference between the flu and pneumonia?

Dr. Ordway discusses the difference between the flu and pneumonia. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


The flu and pneumonia are both serious illnesses, and the flu can be a common cause of pneumonia. However, both sicknesses affect the body differently, according to the American Lung AssociationOff Site Icon (ALA).

According to the ALA, differences between the flu and pneumonia include:

  • Flu – A virus that is highly contagious, the flu becomes most severe in the winter.
  • Pneumonia - This serious infection or inflammation of the lungs causes the air sacs to fill with pus or liquid, which blocks oxygen from getting to the bloodstream.

There are vaccinations that can prevent some types of the flu and pneumonia.

For more information about how the flu and pneumonia are different, talk with your physician.

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Source: Meghan Brewster, MD, Beavercreek Family Medicine; Christopher Lauricella, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Sally McIntyre, MD, Belmont Physicians; Josh Ordway, MD, Franklin Family Practice; Guillermo Trevino, MD, Covington Family Care; Lauren Roth, MD, Phillipsburg Family Care; Susan Davis-Brown, MD, Brookville Family Care; Amanda Fox, CNP, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Angelia Mickle, DNP, Jamestown Family Medicine; Leelmohan Ravikumar, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Janet Smith, CNP, Southtown Family Practice; Anoopa Hodges, DO, Oakwood Primary Care

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