Friday, 27 September 2013


How does Pneumococcal Disease Spread?
You cannot become infected by consuming contaminated food or water. The bacterium spreads in droplets of water in the air only.
In the majority of cases the bacteria do not cause symptoms, because a HEALTHY person’s immune system stops any infection from moving from the throat to other parts of the body.

If somebody has a WEAKENED IMMUNE SYSTEM the bacteria have a better chance of moving from the throat to the lungs, blood, sinuses, middle ear, or the brain, which can lead to to a much more serious infection.

Prevanr 13 only covers 13 strains of the bacteria whereas there are more than 90 strains in existence.

CONTRAINDICATIONS (conditions whereby usage of this vaccine might be harmful)
Hypersensitivity to any component of the vaccine, including diphtheria toxoid .
Prevnar 13 will not protect against Streptococcus pneumoniae serotypes not included in the vaccine. Prevnar 13 will not protect against other microorganisms that cause invasive disease, pneumonia or otitis media.

Babies given pneumococcal vaccination risk infection with serious drug resistant respiratory disease
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PREVNAR: A Critical Review of a New Childhood Vaccine
What about preventing invasive pneumococcal disease? According to data from the manufacturer’s insert, after one dose of the vaccine .016% of the recipients (3 out of 18,906) were diagnosed with invasive pneumococcal disease. But, .14% of controls (27 out of 18,910 children who were administered a different experimental vaccine) got invasive pneumococcal disease. This means that based on this data (relative to the control), Prevnar decreases a child’s chance of getting invasive pneumococcal disease by about 0.1%!

Pneumonia jabs for the over-65s are to be scrapped by the Government because they do not save lives.

Dr Jacob Puliyel describes the problems he sees.. “An analysis in the Lancet showed how the Pneumococcal vaccine reduces only 4 cases of pneumonia per 1000 children. The cost for vaccinating 1000 children comes to $ 12,750. Treating the 4 cases of pneumonia in India using WHO protocol, would cost $ 1. The pneumococcus strains prevalent in India are nearly all sensitive to inexpensive antibiotics like penicillin. In the US which has been using the pneumococcal vaccine for some years now, there has been a strain shift – strains covered in the vaccine are being replaced by other strains. Ominously the new strains are more antibiotic resistant. Vaccine has simply made the problem of pneumococcal disease worse. Yet this vaccine is being pushed in Africa and Asia.…It is not about lives lost in poor countries – it is all about the cash register. These organizations and their sponsors have profit margins to protect. Ethics is not a major issue with them.” -
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Ways to protect your child from pneumonia

  • Breast feed! 
  • If giving your baby bottles of juice, DON’T share them round with other babies or let your baby drink from another baby’s bottle. 
  • Sterilise any soothers/dummies used. 
  • Don’t share plates of food, knifes, forks, spoons etc 
  • Avoid antibiotics except in the case of life-threatening emergency. 
  • If your child has suffered from ear infections, strengthen his immune system with vitamin supplementation, breast milk, a healthy whole grain diet and homeopathic treatment instead of repeated antibiotic use. 
  • Avoid day care facilities. If you work, pick a childminder instead as there will be less children in a more homely environment, which lessens the risk of pneumonia. 


Prevnar Pneumococcal Vaccine Ingredients

A vaccine that has dramatically curbed pneumonia and other serious illnesses in children is having an unfortunate effect: promoting new superbugs that cause ear infections.

Some children who have recurrent sinus, ear, or pneumonia infection fail to develop sufficient antibodies to the pneumococcal vaccine.

Side effects of the pneumococcal vaccine
Very common (affect more than 1 in 10 children)

  • Pain, tenderness, swelling, redness or hardening of the skin at the injection site.
  • Fever (high temperature). If your child seems distressed they can be given a dose of paracetamol and, if necessary, a second dose four to six hours later. Ibuprofen can be used if paracetamol is unsuitable, but if a second dose of ibuprofen is required, it should be given six hours after the first dose. Ask your nurse, pharmacist or doctor for advice on the dose needed for your child. Seek medical advice if the fever persists.
  • Irritability.
  • Drowsiness.
  • Restless sleep.
  • Decreased appetite.

Common (affect between 1 in 10 and 1 in 100 children)

  • Tenderness at the injection site that interferes with movement.
  • Fever higher than 39°C.
  • Uncommon (affect between 1 in 100 and 1 in 1000 children)
  • Vomiting.
  • Diarrhoea.
  • Crying.

Rare (affect between 1 in 1000 and 1 in 10,000 children)

  • Rash or hives.
  • Seizures.
  • Floppiness.
  • Allergic reaction such as itching, hives or dermatitis at injection site.
  • Allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis, narrowing of the airways (bronchospasm) or swelling of the lips, throat and tongue (angioedema).

The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the vaccine's manufacturer.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the great article! I really learned a lot about immunizations in Malaysia. Keep up the great work! Did you ever go to Malaysia yourself?

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