Concern Over A Projected Increase In Pneumonia Cases

A big jump is being predicted in the number of pneumonia cases that require hospital treatment.

A new Conference Board of Canada report predicts the number of cases will double over the next seven years, from 25,000 to 50,000 a year.

Windsor Regional Hospital Chief of Staff, Dr. Gary Ing says part of the reason is an aging population. "Last year we had a total of 461 cases and 377 of those were people 64 and over."

The report says the cost of treating the increase in cases will rise even faster during that seven year period, from $216-million to more that $530-million.

Ing told AM800's 'The Afternoon News' that public education on vaccines and pneumonia prevention will ease the upward pressure.