Friday Five – On pneumonia

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This week is world adult immunisation week. So a good week to focus our #fridayfive on the issue of pneumonia.

A new study has revealed that across Europe:

  • 8 out of 10 older adults at higher risk of pneumonia report they are not vaccinated against it
  • Despite 70% of 9,029 older adults surveyed being at higher risk of catching pneumonia, only 16% have been vaccinated
  • In Europe there are an estimated 3 million cases of pneumonia each year, of which an estimated one million are hospitalised
  • Only 3 out of 10 older adults are aware that pneumonia vaccines exist
  • Almost three times as many people report being regularly vaccinated against flu than receiving a vaccine against pneumonia, which is a more deadly disease


For references see:

Also see ILC-UK’s EU adult immunisation website at

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