Furyk, Pfizer team up to advocate for pneumonia prevention, care

A visual representation of Streptococcus pneumoniae. | Courtesy of knowpneumonia.com

Pfizer announced last week that pro golfer Jim Furyk has joined the company in advocating awareness for older individuals at risk for infectious diseases, including pneumococcal pneumonia.

The company states that staying healthy as people age consists of healthy eating, keeping up with doctor’s exams, remaining active physically and staying on track with vaccinations.

Furyk is a professional golfer, who will be taking part in an upcoming tournament in Oakmont, Pennsylvania. In 2003, Furyk won a major tournament with the help of his father as his coach.

“My dad’s been with me every step of the way, and frankly, I wouldn’t be the man and golfer I am today if it weren’t for him,” Furyk said. “But now it’s time for me to ‘coach my coach’ about taking personal responsibility for his well-being. Just like overcoming hazards along a golf course, understanding your risk for potentially serious infectious illnesses like pneumococcal pneumonia can help adults 65 and older stay on the right track. Talk to your health care provider and make sure that you’re up-to-date on all of your appropriate vaccinations.”

Pneumococcal pneumonia is a serious illness that can be fatal in some cases. Adults over the age of 65 are at an increased risk for the disease.

Pfizer urges that adults over 65 should speak with their doctor or pharmacist regarding the risks of these kinds of diseases.

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