ANNANDALE, Va. (WUSA*9)--Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has been diagnosed with pneumonia. While pneumonia is very treatable, it is also a very serious diagnosis.
MORE: Dr. Scott Vejcik, M.D.
According to the Mayo Clinic, pneumonia is an infection of the lungs where the air sacs become inflamed, maybe filling with fluid. It can range from mild to life threatening if left untreated too long and is most serious for infants, young children and adults over 65. Clinton is 68
Hillary Clinton is temporarily off the campaign trail. She has been advised to get plenty of rest in addition to the antibiotics. Dr. Vejcik says patients are also advised to establish a healthy pattern of eating, nothing heavy, and avoiding physical activity. He says some patients may also be given some extra breathing treatments to help open the lungs.
Dr. Vejcik also encourages people to "Please get a flu shot. Please," in order to prevent pneumonia.
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