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  • A shot to inoculate the elderly against pneumococcal disease: Residents of Changhua aged between 65-74 received free 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccines (PPSV23)

    • Date: 2018/10/17
    The County Magistrate and the Guests at the Press Conference Press Conference for PPSV23 inoculation for residents aged between 65-74 years old by the Changhua County Public Health Bureau 
    Changhua County Magistrate Wei, Ming-Ku would like to remind everyone that people are more likely to catch the influenza virus and pneumonia during the autumn and winter seasons. Therefore, now is the most cost-effective time to administer vaccinations, as prevention is better than cure. Magistrate Wei would also like everyone to help publicize the importance of receiving the inoculation, and encourage the elderly who have yet to be inoculated to do so quickly. Magistrate Wei wishes everyone health, happiness and longevity.  
     
    The Department of Statistics, Ministry of Health and Welfare, announced that pneumonia continued to be the third leading cause of death in Taiwan in 2016 and 2017, and the number of deaths caused by pneumonia increased by 268 in 2017 as compared to the previous year. The incidence and mortality rate of pneumonia increases with age, mainly due to the weaker immune system of the elderly. People with chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are also at higher risk of contracting pneumonia. 
    According to the Public Health Bureau, though deaths from pneumonia occur throughout the year, it spikes during the flu season. Therefore, administering vaccination against both influenza and pneumonia during the autumn and winter season will be more effective in preventing the incidence of complicated influenza – this will not only prevent residents from falling ill, it will also reduce the overall medical expenditures.
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