PRAGUE – Vaccination of children against pneumococcal diseases would save millions of lives all over the world. This was announced by the Pneumococcal Awareness Council of Experts (PACE) at today’s seminar in Prague. Pneumococcal disease causes pneumonia, encephalitis or barotitis. 400 cases of pneumonia are confirmed each year in the Czech Republic, and 14% of the infected children below five years of age die.
Did you know that Czech children can receive vaccination against the treacherous pneumococcal infection from two months of age? A three year-old boy has recently died from it in our country. Pneumococcus often causes serious infections in various parts of the human body. They can be divided into serious invasive disease and non-invasive infections of the upper breathing apparatus (barotitis, nasal cavity infl ammations).
Pneumococcal disease is little known, but deadly to more young children worldwide, than AIDS, malaria and measles.
Orin Levine from the Bloomberg School of Public Health says the bacterial infection is a neglected and preventable child killer.
A vaccine that fights pneumonia and other diseases could save the lives of thousands of children each year in Latin America, but high costs have kept it from those who need it, a researcher told a congress of health professionals Thursday.