Wednesday 18 October 2017

One in three people over 50 spend between €1,000 and €2,499 a year on their health

More than three-quarters of people in Ireland over the age of 50 spend in excess of €250 on their health every year. Stock Image
More than three-quarters of people in Ireland over the age of 50 spend in excess of €250 on their health every year. Stock Image
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

More than three-quarters of people in Ireland over the age of 50 spend in excess of €250 on their health every year, with almost one in three shelling out between €1,000 and €2,499.

A survey has also discovered that around one in five of this age group visits their GP just once a year or less. One fifth said ageing had not "impacted on their health at all".

While 99pc are aware of the flu vaccine, just over half had the jab, the study by Sanofi Pasteur pharmaceutical company said.

Just 22pc were aware there was a pneumococcal vaccination available, but 44pc had never heard of pneumococcal disease. Pneumococcal infections can lead to pneumonia, meningitis and septicaemia - a kind of blood poisoning. At their worst, they can cause permanent brain damage, or even kill.

Justin Moran, head of advocacy at Age Action Ireland, said: "The risk of contracting pneumococcal disease increases as you get older and it's not something to be taken lightly."

Of those who become infected with pneumo and who go on to develop invasive disease, one in four may get pneumonia, one in four may develop meningitis and one in 10 cases could lead to death.

RTÉ presenter Ronan Collins also urged people not to overlook important vaccination programmes .

Irish Independent

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