Hillary Clinton Didn't Think Pneumonia Diagnosis Would Be 'That Big a Deal'

PHOTO: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to members of the media before boarding her campaign plane at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, New York, Sept. 8, 2016.PlayAndrew Harnik/AP Photo
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Hillary Clinton said she didn't disclose that she had pneumonia last week because she "didn't think it was going to be that big a deal," she said in an interview Monday night.

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The issue of Clinton's health has dogged her on the campaign trail, and it came into focus when she left a 9/11 ceremony early and lost her balance outside her van in New York City on Sunday.

Clinton previously attributed a cough she had to allergies, but she was diagnosed Friday with pneumonia, her doctor said.

She was placed on antibiotics.

"I'm feeling so much better, and obviously I should have gotten some rest sooner," she told CNN's Anderson Cooper by phone Monday.

"I just thought I could keep going forward and power through it, and obviously that didn't work out so well."

Clinton said that after she got into the air-conditioned van and got some water, she felt better. But she denied that she passed out.

"No, I didn't. I felt dizzy, and I did lose my balance for a minute, but once I got in, once I could sit down, once I could cool off, once I had some water, I immediately started feeling better," she told CNN.

She said she thought it was allergies, but when her cough didn't go away, she was checked by her doctor.

"Obviously, I was supposed to rest five days," she said. "That's what they told me on Friday, and I didn't follow that very wise advice. So I just want to get this over and done with and get back on the trail as soon as possible."

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