Pneumonia is on the rise in Australia and a recent research catering to 2,500 patients has revealed that people who are at the maximum risk are not taking the vaccination. The research has revealed that 66% Australians, who are at the maximum risk of contracting the disease, are not taking the vaccination for pneumonia.
Newborns, people under 65 years of age group and people suffering from diabetes, heart problem and lung disease are some of the categories, which are at extreme risk of contracting the disease.
This research reveals vaccination coverage is low among people aged 15 to 64 years who are at risk of pneumococcal pneumonia, including people living with diabetes", said Professor Robert Booy, who is the centre head of the National Centre for Immunization Research and Surveillance in Australia.
David Smith, who is from the University of WA, was of the view that by focusing on young age group, it does mean that people above 65 years are not at risk. They are also at risk and should take vaccination for the problem.
Pneumonia is quite a serious problem in Australia, which takes lives of more than 2,300 people and the only way to remain protected from the infection is to get vaccinated.