Australia’s Elderly Vaccination Problem
A new Medical Journal of Australia article published yesterday says there’s a decline in pneumonia vaccination rates among older Australians. its sparked an urgent plea for action by health professionals, who say the infection claims 2000 elderly lives each year. The pneumococcal pneumonia vaccination rate for children has climbed to 93 percent, it has fallen below 50 per cent for equally vulnerable seniors.
So why is this happening? We had Dr Rob Menzies, from the UNSW School of Public Health and Community Medicine and co- author of the study.