Pneumonia is the leading cause of death worldwide for children under the age of five

Over 900,000 children died in 2015 from this preventable and treatable illness.

Though pneumonia, a serious infection of the lungs, can strike people of all ages, the most vulnerable are children under the age of five. This devastating illness accounts for 16 percent of all deaths in this age group, being the single largest infectious cause of death in children worldwide. Pneumonia is most prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa and southern Asia with Global Coalition Against Childhood Pneumonia and held the first World Pneumonia Day to raise awareness and promote interventions that could reduce this alarming statistic. The group has since grown in membership and just sponsored their seventh annual World Pneumonia Day on Nov. 12.

 The coalition Michigan State University Extension offers a wealth of information and experts to assist you in learning more about keeping yourself and your family healthy.

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