ORLANDO, Fla. -

Centra Care physicians have reported that cases of pneumonia have nearly doubled from this time last year.

Last year, Centra Care says they reported 53 cases in the first two weeks of 2012, while they've seen 125 cases already in 2013.

Pneumonia is a relatively common infection of the lungs, but it can be dangerous, especially for young children, pregnant women and people with chronic health conditions such as asthma or heart and lung disease.

Centra Care physicians advise the public to practice flu and pneumonia prevention:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water frequently and keep your hands away from your face.
  • Regularly cleaning countertop surfaces helps prevent the spread of pneumonia causing germs.
  • Stay away from people who have the flu, especially if you are at high-risk for developing flu-related complications, such as pneumonia.
  • The flu is a common cause of pneumonia, so getting both pneumonia and flu vaccines are an important way to help prevent pneumonia, particularly if you are in the high-risk category.

Read more at Centra Care's website.