Asking for increased awareness of pneumococcal infections, experts warn: ‘Pneumococcal vaccine should be covered by social health insurance’

ISTANBUL — Having convened in the 3rd Regional Pneumococcal Symposium held in Istanbul, experts lamented the low pneumococcal awareness level and called for the pneumococcal vaccine to be covered by social health insurance. Speaking at the press conference, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Ceyhan, Chairman of Turkish Association of Infectious Diseases, said that “Treatment of disease is not enough alone.

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What is Pneumococcus?

Pneumococcal disease causes pneumonia, meningitis, sepsis and other life-threatening ailments, and kills 1.6 million people — including more than 800,000 children under the age of five — every year. The experts meeting in Istanbul to ensure that pneumococcal vaccine is covered by the public health insurance called for global action.

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Call for pneumococcal vaccine

Pneumococcal diseases rank at the top among terminal illnesses causing death in children and adults worldwide. These diseases, including pneumonia, meningitis, sepsis and other life-threatening diseases, result in the death of some 1.6 million people every year worldwide, half of whom are children under the age of five. Convening in Istanbul to ensure that pneumococcal vaccine is covered by public health insurance, experts called for global action.

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