There were 56,210 children admitted as an emergency for pneumonia in the last year, 50 per cent up on a decade earlier

One child every 10 minutes is being admitted to hospital in England after being struck down with pneumonia, a “forgotten epidemic” hitting the poorest in society.

A new report by Save the Children has revealed a 50 per cent increase in child admissions to hospitals in England as a result of pneumonia, tragically costing the lives of at least two children every month.

Despite the UK vaccinating children against bacterial pneumonia, other forms of the disease can still strike and appear to be on the rise.

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