Tuesday, November 28, 2006
posted by PabloPabla at 12:32 pm

If you know of any children below the age of 5, you should get yourself acquianted with the pneumococcus bug. This bug causes the pneumococcal disease which, according to the World Health Organisation, kills more than one million children a year. The trouble with this flu is, it has symptoms like any other flu at the onset - fever and runny nose. When it gets worse, it can cause an array of deadly illnesses such as meningitis, pneumonia and bacteremia (blood infection). Worst, it can lead to hearing loss, brain damage or death.

The good news is that there are vaccines available against this disease and you should get your child or advise the parent / guardian of children below the age of 5 to be vaccinated. It is not cheap though. If I remember correctly, it costs around RM250 to RM300 for the jab of a lifetime when I sent my elder daughter for the vaccination.

In Singapore, 18 out of every 100,000 children below 5 years old are infected every year and 92% of mothers are unaware of the disease and how to prevent it. Read more about it here.

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