Pneumonia is a term that refers to inflammation of the lung. Bacterial pneumonia means that inflammation is caused by a bacterial infection. Bacteria gain access to the lungs either through inhalation or via the bloodstream. Infections occur when the bacteria overwhelm the defense mechanisms. The following conditions may weaken your body's defense mechanisms and thus increase the risks for bacterial pneumonia.
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