Clay Co. hospital treating more pneumonia patients

PIGGOTT, AR (KAIT) - The flu isn't the only sickness causing people to feel bad these days. Piggott Community Hospital reports several patients have come in with pneumonia, and so far it's targeted a certain age group.

"Those over 65-years-old are always more at risk," said Director of Clinical Services Tonny Dement."

Dement said if the number of cases continues going up, their team is ready to work overtime.

"We always call in extra staff if our census is getting too high," said Dement. "We use our own staff here at the hospital and they just agree to work extra for us."

She recommends that when scheduling a flu shot it's not a bad idea to consult with your physician about getting a pneumonia vaccine.

"Follow up with your doctor and talk about getting your flu shot and pneumonia vaccine, if it's appropriate for you," said Dement.

With winter in full swing, many people are getting sick because of different types of illnesses. However, Dement says pneumonia has a few distinct signs to look for.

"If someone is suffering from a lot of cough, fever, respiratory distress and problems breathing," said Dement. "Sometimes they'll have pain in their chest when they take a deep breath."

A patient suffering from pneumonia can spend up to 7 or 10 days in the hospital.

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