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The elderly, those with pre-existing heart and lung conditions; Asthma sufferers in particular ...​

​The elderly and people with pre-existing health conditions are more susceptible to IAQ problems yet tend to spend more time indoors.

The Melbourne mortality study report from June 2000 presented the results of an epidemiological study conducted by EPA and its partners into the effects of air pollution on daily mortality in Melbourne. The statistical analysis, by researchers at the School of Public Health, Griffith University, used state-of-the-art statistical methods to identify the impacts of ambient air pollution on daily mortality. The results of the study showed that current levels of air pollution in Melbourne are associated with increases in daily mortality and are consistent with studies conducted elsewhere in Australia and overseas.

 Children are more vulnerable to air pollution​:​

  • ​Children breathe more than adults per unit body weight,
  • Children's respiratory system and immune system are still developing,
  • Children are more susceptible to develop asthma...

Prospective mothers, pregnant women and breast feeding mothers; Infants and young children

The time between conception and birth is perhaps one of the most vulnerable life stage, during which the environment may have tremendous immediate and lasting effects on health.

Mothers exposed to high levels of CO and particles during pregnancy are at higher risk of adverse birth outcomes, including preterm delivery, low birth weight, and congenital heart defects.

Asthmatic children with higher levels of traffic within approximately 500-1000 feet of their home were more likely to report emergency room visits and/or hospitalisations due to asthma compared to those living in lower traffic areas.

In 2002, researchers from the University of the Sunshine Coast and University of Queensland conducted a study to investigate the association between air pollution and daily emergency admissions for respiratory and cardiovascular disease and asthma. The results of this study show stronger links between particles and admissions of children for asthma were generally stronger than those seen overseas. This may be partly because Australia has the second-highest asthma rate in the world.

The health toll of air pollution costs Australia up to $24.3 billion a year. Around 2.2% of hospital admissions for children aged under 14 with respiratory problems are due to PM10.  ​​

Children and Elderly are most inherently susceptible to poor air quality

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  1. Air Pollution Impact on Infants and Children, by Beate Ritz (MD, Ph.D.Professor,UCLA Department of Epidemiology, Environmental Science and Neurology) and Michelle Wilhelm (Ph.D. Assistant Professor in residence, UCLA Department of Epidemiology
  2. How Does Indoor Air Quality Impact Student Health and Academic Performance? The Case for Comprehensive IAQ Management in Schools, EPA April 2010