Often mistaken for a common cough, most families are unaware that Pneumonia disease are caused by viruses, bacteria or fungi that can be fatal and dangerous.
Pneumonia can easily be prevented through vaccination, adequate nutrition and by addressing environmental factors. Immunization against Hib, pneumococcus, measles and whooping cough (pertussis) is the most effective way to prevent pneumonia and lower child mortality. Giving pneumococcal conjugate vaccines to babies as young as 6 weeks old has been found to be effective in preventing pneumonia deaths. Children who fall ill from Pneumonia can be treated as well. The simple message of “Prevent, Protect and Treat,” through breastfeeding, proper nutrition, avoidance of indoor pollution, vaccines and antibiotics is embodied in the song “Sapul sa Pulmonya”.
|Dr. Lulu Bravo of PFV , a well-respected pediatrician and advocate for disease prevention with the vaccination beneficiaries of World Pneumonia Day|