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Older Adults Should Find out if They Need to Be Vaccinated against 'Pneumococcal Pneumonia'


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AGE IS A STATE-OF-MIND--EXCEPT WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR IMMUNE-SYSTEM:  ADULTS AS YOUNG AS 50 ARE AT INCREASED RISK FOR SERIOUS INFECTIOUS-DISEASES--LIKE "PNEUMOCOCCAL PNEUMONIA"--BECAUSE OF THEIR AGING IMMUNE-SYSTEMS.  A RECENT "HARRIS POLL"--CONDUCTED FOR THE "AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION" AND "PFIZER", OF ONE-THOUSAND U-S ADULTS--FOUND 85-PERCENT OF ADULTS AGE-50 TO -75 BELIEVE PEOPLE THEIR AGE ARE AT RISK FOR "PNEUMOCOCCAL PNEUMONIA".  BUT, ONLY HALF BELIEVE THEY'RE PERSONALLY AT RISK.  DOCTOR NORM EDELMAN--SENIOR SCIENTIFIC-ADVISOR TO THE "LUNG ASSOCIATION"...

(EDELMAN):
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IT'S ESTIMATED THAT A QUARTER-OF-A-MILLION AMERICANS, OVER 50, ARE HOSPITALIZED, EACH YEAR, WITH 'PNEUMOCOCCAL PNEUMONIA'--WITH AN AVERAGE HOSPITAL-STAY OF FIVE DAYS.  EVEN OTHERWISE-HEALTHY AND -ACTIVE OLDER-ADULTS NEED TO BE AWARE OF THEIR INCREASED RISK--BECAUSE OF THEIR AGING IMMUNE-SYSTEMS."

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IF YOU'RE 50 OR OLDER, TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL RISK FOR "PNEUMOCOCCAL PNEUMONIA"--AND SEE IF YOU'RE UP-TO-DATE ON YOUR VACCINATIONS.  LEARN MORE AT "WHO-PNEU"-DOT-COM; THAT'S "W-H-O-P-N-E-U"-DOT-COM.  BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE "AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION", IN PARTNERSHIP WITH "PFIZER".

For an African-American version of this report, click here; for a version featuring Jim Furyk, click here; for a Spanish-language version, click here.



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