Analysis reveals highest number of pneumonia deaths in the UK

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Now, the charity is raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of pneumonia, and urging people who are eligible, such as those with severe asthma, pulmonary fibrosis and COPD, to get their one-off pneumonia vaccine. 


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With the NHS already braced for one of the toughest winters in its history, as the triple threat of COVID-19, flu and pneumonia looms, Asthma + Lung UK is also calling on the UK government to prioritise respiratory services and ensure they remain a long-term focus for the NHS. 


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The charity’s analysis has revealed that each year more than 25,000 people die from pneumonia in the UK. 


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it is particularly risky for older people and those with existing lung conditions, Asthma + Lung UK is warning the condition can be life-threatening at any age. 


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Symptoms can include a cough, difficulty breathing, a high temperature, chest pain and loss of appetite.  


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The condition, usually caused by a bacterial infection or a virus such as flu, leads to one or both lungs to swell or become inflamed.  


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While mild pneumonia can be treated with medication at home, in some cases, pneumonia can be life-threatening and require hospital treatment.  


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Those who are eligible for a free pneumonia vaccine from the NHS include:  


– Adults aged 65 years or older  – Children and adults with certain long-term health conditions such as COPD, pulmonary fibrosis and severe asthma  – Adults at an occupational risk such as metal workers and welder – Babies as part of their usual vaccination schedule.