Newspaper article China Post

Doctor Urges People over 50 Years of Age to Get Pneumonia Vaccines

Newspaper article China Post

Doctor Urges People over 50 Years of Age to Get Pneumonia Vaccines

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The China Post news staff--People older than 50 and those having chronic illnesses or with weaker immune systems are advised to take vaccines against Streptococcus pneumonia (S. pneumonia) to prevent pneumonia that still causes a high number of deaths among humans.

Dr. Kuo Bing-hong at National Taiwan University Hospital gave the advice at a medical seminar with Pfizer's Taiwan branch, one of the top enterprises dedicated to the development of pharmaceuticals, vaccines and other advanced products to improve people's health.

Pneumonia claims about 1.6 million lives worldwide each year, according to statistics of the World Health Organization (WHO) based on data gathered in the "Initiative for Vaccine Research" project.

Pneumonia remains one of the major causes of deaths among people in Taiwan too. The number of outpatients treated for pneumonia has remained high every your.

The WHO also reported that the number of people who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and the number of deaths caused by COPD have increased. …

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