Lungs is a vital organ that is directly exposed to the outside world so that fine dust particles, viral fumes, fungi and bacteria can enter the lungs.
The lungs are also organs that are susceptible to disease caused by many things, including infectious and non-infectious.
In a press conference to commemorate World Lung Health Day which was held on Friday (24/9), Chairman of the Indonesian Lung Doctors Association (PDPI) Dr. dr. Agus Dwi Susanto, Sp.P(K)., FISR., FAPSR. said that lung damage can lead to permanent disability.
In addition, lung damage can reduce a person’s quality of life.
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Do not underestimate, this is the importance of vaccination for lung health
Vaccination is an important way to maintain lung health.
It is estimated that lung disease is responsible for more than 10 percent of a person’s lost time and productivity.
Therefore, PDPI also provides several recommendations in maintaining lung health.
One of them is by doing vaccination.
In a press release, PDPI said that vaccines have been proven to save millions of people every year.
This was also explained directly by Dr. dr. Fathiyah Isbaniah, Sp.P(K), FISR, one of the speakers from PDPI.
He said that vaccines provide specific immunity against a disease so that if a person is exposed to the disease, he will not get seriously ill.
“Vaccine aims to provide specific immunity against a particular disease so that if one day you are exposed to the disease, you will not get sick or only experience mild illness,” he explained.
Furthermore, he said some lung diseases that can be prevented by vaccination include:
The four lung diseases are caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites.
Furthermore, Fathiyah explained about how vaccines work in protecting a person’s lungs.
Vaccines work by preparing the immune system to recognize and fight viruses and bacteria as targets.
When exposed to a pathogen, the body immediately destroys the pathogen so as to prevent further disease.
“The vaccine will stimulate the formation of immunity against certain diseases in a person’s body. Then, the body will remember the virus or bacteria that carries the disease, recognize and know how to fight it,” he said.
In addition, vaccination has also been shown to help protect others.
Other people will be protected by close contact such as friends and family members, as well as other people in the community including health workers who have been vaccinated.
This is because vaccination can form group immunity or what is known as herd immunity.
“Most of the people are protected/immune to certain diseases so that it has an indirect impact, namely the protection of vulnerable groups of people and is not the target of vaccination,” continued Fathiyah.
However, he reminded that this condition can be achieved if vaccination coverage is high and evenly distributed.
“This condition can only be achieved with high and equitable vaccination coverage,” he continued.