Warning for elderly to protect lungs

Almost two-in-three Australian seniors may be jeopardising their ‘golden years’ by not protecting themselves against pneumococcal pneumonia, despite being at increased risk, experts are warning.

Australian-first Lung Foundation Australia research released this week revealed 94% of Australians aged 65 to 74 do not recognise age as a risk factor for pneumonia, and fewer than half (44%) correctly understand vaccination can help defend against pneumococcal pneumonia.

While pneumonia can be treated, it is a potentially fatal lung infection, with