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.
Czech specialists engaged the international Pneumococcal Awareness Council of Experts (PACE) and tried to negotiate with the Ministry of Health for implementation of routine pneumococcal vaccination. Vulnerable groups are mainly small children under two years of age and elders. Serious pneumococcal diseases result in about 430 patients per year, and 14 per cent of infected children die.