A health campaign has begun in St. Louis called Who Pneu? It’s aimed at adults over the age of 50 because they may be at risk for pneumococcal pneumonia the most. The campaign is raising awareness because immune systems naturally weaken with age.
And the best way to avoid a disease is to get vaccinated for it.
“Over the age of 50 we want people to think about it. We forget that not just our children need vaccinations, adults need vaccinations above the age of 50,” Dr. Mario Castro of Washington University and the American Lung Association said.
According to a study done by the American Lung Association 85 percent of people between 50 and 75 agreed adults over 50 are at risk for pneumococcal pneumonia, but fewer than half (44 percent) believe they are personally at risk.
Dr. Castro says basic tasks such as washing your hands frequently and avoiding others with infections can go a long way towards staying healthy. But you should still get vaccinated, too.