The deadliest pneumonia season yet is coming

It's one of the most alarming reports I've seen in a long time -- and, given what's going on in the world right now, that's saying something.

Yet it's getting ZERO attention in the mainstream media!

Common antibiotics are failing when it comes to pneumonia -- already one of the nation's deadliest infections, with 50,000 Americans killed every year.

Most of them are older and need help fast, because this infection can advance in a hurry.

One week, you're in perfect health. The next, you're at death's door with pneumonia.

Sometimes, you only get one shot at treating this infection, especially in older patients who might already be in poorer health -- so, it had better work.

Yet the new study finds that in nearly one out of four cases, the first, best chance to treat the infection is FAILING.

The antibiotics doctors commonly turn to first DON'T WORK.

Now, there are really two main ways to get pneumonia.

Some folks pick it up in the hospital and care homes. They're already sick, so they're already tougher to treat -- and unfortunately, they're also more likely to die.

What makes this study so urgent is that it didn't look at these weakened patients.

It looked at folks just like you.

The researchers studied the data on more than a quarter of a million Americans who picked up pneumonia out in the community.

Maybe they got it from a handrail on an escalator. Maybe someone sneezed near them in a store. Maybe a relative coming for a visit brought some bacteria along with their apple pie.

However they got it, they need to get rid of it.

Yet more than 22 percent couldn't shake the infection, even with the help of meds.

No doubt at least some of those cases were viral pneumonia, which wouldn't respond to antibiotics in any case.

But only a third of pneumonia cases are viral to begin with.

Most of the rest are bacterial -- and if the strains out there in public are starting to resist antibiotics, you can bet this illness is going to become a bigger problem than ever.

And it could start soon.

Pneumonia season kicks into gear toward the end of the summer, or a little more than two months from now -- and the risk remains high through autumn and into the winter.

The best way to fight this infection is to avoid it, so practice good hygiene when you're out and about.

And when you're at home, arm your immune system with infection-fighting nutrients, such as vitamin E.

A study last year found that this nutrient can slash the risk of pneumonia infection by 69 percent in otherwise healthy older folks.

Throw in some vitamins C and D, and you could avoid the cold, flu, and more.