Pneumonia is the world’s biggest infectious killer of children and adults. On average, it kills more children than the combined mortality rate caused by AIDS, measles, and malaria. It is a lung infection that causes inflammation and fluid buildup in the air sacs, making it difficult to breathe.
Still, on this year’s World Pneumonia Day celebration, we are raising awareness of this deadly disease and calling on everyone to take action to prevent it and save lives.
What you can do:
- Get vaccinated against pneumonia. Pneumococcal and measles vaccines are highly effective and can protect you and your loved ones from serious illness.
- Reduce your exposure to air pollution. Air pollution is a major risk factor for pneumonia, especially in children and older adults. Avoid spending time in areas with high levels of air pollution, such as busy roads and construction sites.
- Seek early diagnosis and treatment if you develop symptoms of pneumonia. Pneumonia is most treatable when it is caught early. Symptoms of pneumonia include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, and chest pain.
If you or someone you know is experiencing pneumonia symptoms, please don’t hesitate to contact Duchess International Hospital today.
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