Know the risks

Irish Examiner - Feelgood - - Ageing With Attitude -

Pneumo is a bac­te­ria which can cause se­ri­ous ill­ness in­clud­ing menin­gi­tis, pneu­mo­nia and sep­ti­caemia. Of those who get in­fected, one in four will de­velop menin­gi­tis, one in four will de­velop pneu­mo­nia, and one in 10 will die. Those aged 65 and over are at in­creased risk, but ac­cord­ing to the Im­mu­ni­sa­tion Guide­lines for Ire­land, those of­fi­cially at-risk in­clude peo­ple with di­a­betes, asthma, heart dis­ease, as well as those with chronic re­nal dis­ease and chronic lung problems. The #KnowPneumo cam­paign, launched by its am­bas­sador, broad­caster Mary Whe­lan, aims to raise aware­ness about the dis­ease and a num­ber of pa­tient groups have joined forces as part of the ini­tia­tive, in­clud­ing Age Ac­tion, Di­a­betes Ire­land, the Asthma So­ci­ety of Ire­land and Croi. See pneumo.ie or fol­low #KnowPneumo

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