The #1 killer of children under age 5! A respiratory illness that takes the lives of 1.4 million children EVERY YEAR! Pneumonia!
Today, World Pneumonia Day, holds a special meaning for me, as I nearly died on several occasions as a child due to pneumonia. I remember desperately struggling and gasping for air, missing holidays, birthday parties and special events with my family, all because I couldn’t breathe. Who knew that my life could have been cut short when I was diagnosed with asthma.
Our local hospital knew me by first name, as I was admitted to the emergency room at least once a week, if not more. From age 4 until age 12, my young life hung in the balance with critical upper respiratory issues that quickly declined into severe cases of pneumonia. I would not be writing this post had I not been given the privilege of optimum healthcare that my parents had access to. Sadly, that is not the story for other children. Especially those in developing countries.
- Pneumonia is responsible for 1.4 million child deaths EVERY YEAR
- Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a vaccine preventable disease
- Exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life…results in a 15-23% reduction
- Vaccinations against pneumonia…results in a 49% reduction of pneumonia infections
- Antibiotics as an effective and inexpensive method to treat pneumonia
YOU can help spread the word and save the lives of children by becoming aware of vaccine preventable diseases via Shot@Life, donating to our Shootie Girl Fundraising Page or purchasing a T-Shirt for a Global Cause.
Do you know someone who has suffered from pneumonia? How did it affect you?