Coconut Oil May Help Fight Childhood Pneumonia

In an effort to prevent some pneumonias from occurring in the first place, the Pneumococcal Awareness Council of Experts initiated a "Global Call to Action" on Oct. 24 to urge greater access to the pneumococcal vaccine in poor countries. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's journal, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the pneumococcal vaccine has been introduced in 26 countries worldwide, though none are low-income countries.

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To learn more about pneumonia, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

SOURCES: Gilda Sapphire Erguiza, M.D., pediatric pulmonologist, Philippine Children's Medical Center, Quezon City, Philippines; Daniel Rauch, M.D., director, pediatric hospitalist program, New York University Langone Medical Center, and assistant professor of pediatrics, New York University School of Medicine, New York City; Oct. 29, 2008, presentation, American College of Chest Physician's annual meeting, Philadelphia; Oct. 23, 2008, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

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