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Don’t confuse your symptoms for something less serious.

Pneumonia is not a cold or the flu. Symptoms such as fatigue, chest pain, and difficulty breathing can appear without warning and can be severe. And certain symptoms, such as cough and fatigue, may last for weeks, or longer.

In some cases, pneumococcal pneumonia can lead to hospitalization and be life-threatening. So it’s the kind of illness that you shouldn’t ignore. And even if you’re healthy and as young as 50, you may be at risk.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist about vaccines that may help protect you.