- Pneumonia is the leading killer of children under 5
- In 2012 alone, 1.1 million children died from this preventable
and treatable illness.
- Accounting for 17% of child mortality; more than AIDS,
malaria and tuberculosis combined.
- Pneumonia and influenza together are ranked as the eighth
leading cause of death in the United States.
The people considered at high risk for pneumonia include
- The elderly (over 65 years of age)
- The very young
- Those with underlying health problems such as chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes mellitus,
congestive heart failure and sickle cell anemia.
- cough (with some pneumonia you may cough up greenish
or yellow mucus or even bloody mucus)
- shaking chills
- shortness of breath (may only occur when you climb stairs).
- confusion especially in older people
- excessive sweating and clammy skin
- loss of appetite
- low energy
- sharp or stabbing chest pain that gets worse when you
breathe deeply or cough.
The good news is – pneumonia is treatable. Being aware of
Pneumonia and its symptoms is crucial, because it can greatly
determine the difference between life and death