When people hear about pneumonia, many think of it as a serious disease that is most problematic for the elderly or those with other serious complications.
However, for children around the globe who lack access to basic medical care including vaccines, getting pneumonia can be deadly.
Around the world, a child dies every 20 seconds from a vaccine-preventable diseases — one of those in Pneumonia.
Pneumonia is the leading infectious cause of death in children worldwide and it accounts for 15% of all deaths for children under the age of 5.
In fact in 2013, Pneumonia killed an estimated 935,000 children under the age of 5.
Globally, 1 in 5 children do not have access to the vaccines the need to survive and World Pneumonia Day is there to bring awareness to that.
News 11’s Max Tarlton will have a full report tonight on KYMA’s Early Edition at 5 p.m.