Pneumococcal pneumonia danger ignored: expert

A respiratory physician has called for promotion of the pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine after a study revealed only one in five Australians has been vaccinated against the disease.

The Lungs4life survey of 1000 people shows more than 35% of Australians aged 18-64 are at particular risk of contracting pneumococcal pneumonia due to their smoking or chronic medical condition.

The risk is greatest in those aged over 65, but only 60% of those aged 65-74 have been vaccinated. Just 12% consider themselves at high risk of contracting pneumococcal pneumonia.