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.
Achieving success in the global fight against the "big three" diseases-HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, which together account for 5.6 million deaths a year-may well require a concurrent attack on the world's most neglected tropical diseases, says a team of researchers in the international open access journal PLoS Medicine.