Pneumonia Awareness Week is 7-13 May and encourages all Australians, especially those in high risk groups, to Know Pneumonia and address complacency.
This is a great opportunity to remind your patients, particularly those in high risk groups, about the seriousness of pneumococcal pneumonia and the steps they can take to protect themselves, such as:
- pneumococcal pneumonia vaccination
- hand and home hygiene
- quitting smoking.
In Australia, the pneumococcal pneumonia vaccination is funded under the government’s National Immunisation Program (NIP) for:
- Anyone aged 65 and above
- Indigenous Australians
- Infants under 12 months.
To help raise awareness amongst your patients and to find out about who is at risk, symptoms and prevention visit Lung Foundation Australia’s website where you can download and print resources such as the Know Pneumonia Infographic for display in your practice.
For more information visit www.lungfoundation.com.au/pneumonia or phone freecall 1800 654 301.