April 28, 2014

Pneumonia Awareness Week

Pneumonia Awareness Week runs from Monday, April 28 to Sunday, May 4, 2014.

The week is designed to educate Australians about the seriousness of pneumonia and encourage those at risk of contracting the infection to seek further information.

Most pneumococcal infections can be prevented by vaccines. Pneumococcal vaccination is recommended as part of routine immunisation for children, older Australians and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. It is listed on the National Immunisation Program (NIP) Schedule and funded under the Immunise Australia Program.

Visit your local doctor or immunisation provider if you are interested in receiving pneumococcal immunisation. It is important to note that although the vaccine is provided at no cost, a consultation fee may apply.

To find out more about pneumonia, click here.