Hyderabad: While respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) cases continue to be seen in good numbers in children and the dip in temperature with the onset of winter season is expected to further contribute to an uptick in cases, experts stress on the need for vaccination to prevent pneumonia.
Currently, there are RSV related pneumonia cases being seen in large numbers, with most centres seeing 5-10 hospital admissions due to severe disease.Along with RSV related pneumonia, cases of bacterial pneumonia are seen round the year.
With Viral pneumonia, often associated with influenza viruses and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) prevalent currently, individuals experiencing cough, chest pain, fever, and difficulty breathing are prompted to seek professional help.
“Children whose immune systems are compromised are at higher risk of developing pneumonia and hence immunisation against Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), pneumococcus, measles and whooping cough (pertussis) is the most effective way to prevent pneumonia,” said Dr Kiran Madhala, convener scientific committee, IMA Telangana, adding that although these are covered under the universal immunization programme which is for vaccination of children, the pneumococcus vaccine and flu vaccines are advised for all age groups.
However, the awareness about these remain low.
Also the Pneumococcus vaccine which costs around 3000 is given a miss due to the high cost.
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