World Pneumonia Day: The Symptoms And Preventive Measures

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World Pneumonia Day was established in the year 2009 by the Stop Pneumonia initiative to raise awareness and stop the spread of Pneumonia on a global scale. It is common knowledge that Pneumonia single-handedly is the biggest infectious disease that takes the lives of millions around the world every year. With that sort of a scare Pneumonia definitely needs to be tackled better and for spreading awareness about the same World Pneumonia Day is celebrated on 12th November. Learning some fitness tips, taking care of your hygiene and

If we take a look at the statistics then most deaths by Pneumonia occur in low and middle-income countries and more than half of them are preventable. This is because of exposure to polluted air, lack of vaccination and many other preventable problems that become a huge cause of Pneumonia amongst children. We have all seen how people struggling with COVID-19 could not make it because of an inadequate supply of oxygen. This is exactly what happens in low-income countries for people suffering from pneumonia where only 1 out of 5 people gets access to oxygen in time. So on this World Pneumonia Day as FIRS does their bit by asking the governments to help stop the spread of Pneumonia, let’s pledge to come together and learn about the symptoms and preventive measures for Pneumonia.

What Are The Symptoms Of Pneumonia?

The symptoms of Pneumonia can be varying from very mild, and can even go unnoticed to so severe that you require hospitalisation. There are many factors that determine how your body responds to pneumonia. These factors include the type of job that caused the infection, the person’s age and overall health. Listed below are some signs and symptoms of Pneumonia.

  • Cough with greenish or yellow mucus
  • Fever, chills and sweating
  • Breathlessness
  • Shooting pain in the chest that worsens when you cough
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Confusion (especially in older people)
  • Reduced appetite
  • Chest congestion
  • Severe headaches

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How To Prevent Pneumonia?

As we mentioned earlier too, Pneumonia in many cases is preventable. If you are wondering how to prevent pneumonia then here are some ways you should know about.

  1. Vaccination

There are many different types of vaccines that can safeguard you against various pneumonia causes. Prevnar 13 Vaccine is recommended for people aged between 2 and 64 if they have chronic conditions that put them at risk of Pneumonia and children under 2 years. It safeguards you against pneumococcal bacteria. Pneumovax 23 is recommended for people aged over 65 and people between 19 and 64 years of age who smoke.

2. Other Preventive Measures For Pneumonia

Taking the jab is essential but along with that you can follow other preventive measures to keep yourself safe from Pneumonia. Listed below are some tips to avoid Pneumonia.

Try to quit smoking as smokers are more susceptible to catching Pneumonia.
Use tissues as much as possible and make sure you cover your mouth and nose while coughing and sneezing.
Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds.
Eat healthy and take adequate rest.

If you want to safeguard yourself against Pneumonia then try following these steps and try working out regularly as that boosts your immunity. Do it with FITPASS- India’s largest network of gyms and fitness studios that offers you the freedom to work out wherever and whenever you want. You can choose from 1,50,000+ workout sessions and 4,000+ gyms and fitness studios across the country.

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