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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Vaccination saves lives

PRAGUE – In the Czech Republic, 400 cases of pneumonia are reported every year and 14% of the infected children under the age of fi ve die. Vaccination against pneumococcal disease would provide necessary protection to children. Pneumococcus causes pneumonia, encephalitis or barotitis. 16 countries of the EU have already introduced routine vaccination, which is now being considered in the Czech Republic.

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