ROUND ROCK, Texas (KXAN) — There’s always those last-minute items you need to pick up for Christmas dinner.
“The salad stuff and then I’m going to make this bourbon cake.”
That’s why Charlene Kroeker stopped by the grocery store, along with hundreds of other people. Unfortunately, it’s a perfect place to pass germs. Dr. Brandon Browne with
Baylor Scott and White Healthcare in Round Rock, says they’re seeing several cases of pneumonia every day. The lung infection can develop after catching a cold.
“It can be caused by a virus, bacteria or a fungus and so pneumonia is a term to describe the infection,” says Dr. Browne.
Charlene says she had pneumonia years ago.
“I always say it’s like an elephant sitting on your chest, hard to breathe and your body aches.”
We hear it all the time, doctors say the easiest thing we can do is wash our hands or even wipe down the shopping cart before we shop.
“Normally I just use the hand sanitizer everywhere I go.”
Judy Smith carries a bottle in her purse.
“My grandson got really sick when he was born and my daughter and I just started using hand sanitizer after everything,” says Judy.
And even though it’s the holidays, doctors say if you’re already sick, avoid family and friends.
“Stay home, don’t carry those germs and spread them to other people,” says Dr. Browne.
There are certain vaccines you can get to decrease your chances of getting pneumonia. Doctors say the flu vaccine is one and there’s even a pneumonia vaccine which protects against certain strains of bacteria that are common causes of the infection.
People over 65-years-old, young children, and people with existing conditions like heart disease or diabetes, are more susceptible to pneumonia.