Today is World Pneumonia Day and I am partnering with @NFID_vaccines to spread the word about the importance of prevention. Do you know if your parents or loved ones have been vaccinated against pneumonia?
As a leading cause of serious illness throughout the world, pneumococcal disease is caused by a common type of bacteria—pneumococcus—which can attack different parts of the body. Illnesses caused by pneumococcus include pneumonia, meningitis, and sepsis, an infection of the bloodstream. It is estimated that each year in the US, about one million adults get pneumococcal pneumonia, as many as 400,000 hospitalizations from pneumococcal pneumonia occur, and about 5-7% of those who are hospitalized, more than 20,000 people, will die. Adults age 65+ are most at risk.
Talk to your loved ones about the importance of pneumococcal vaccination. For more information, click the link in my profile (or check out my stories). #PreventPneumo #WorldPneumoniaDay