May 9, 2016

Adding life to years: “Super seniors” urged to protect against fatal lung infection

pneumoniaOnly one per cent of Australians aged 18-74 understand age-appropriate vaccination is vital to maintaining good health, while just 20 per cent of those most at risk of infection have been vaccinated against pneumococcal pneumonia,1 according to new figures set for release tomorrow – Tuesday, May 10, 2016 to mark Pneumonia Awareness Week (May 9-15, 2016).

Our Lung Foundation Australia ‘Breathe well, age well’ research reveals two-in-three (66 per cent) Australian adults consider themselves to be younger and fitter than their parents were at their age,1 and many therefore underestimate the potential for vaccination to ‘add years to life.’

A staggering 87 per cent of seniors (aged 65 – 74) cite they are younger and fitter than their parent’s generation were at their age,1 and 65 per cent do not consider their age to be a health-risk factor.1 Furthermore, the majority of folks in this age group (57 per cent) mistakenly do not believe that contracting the often fatal lung infection, pneumococcal pneumonia, would significantly impact their lives.1

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1. ‘Breathe well, age well’ Pneumonia 2016 survey. Conducted by Galaxy Research, commissioned by Lung Foundation of Australia. April, 2016.