In the city of Tobolsk, Tyumen Region, a pupil of kindergarten No. 16 died of meningococcal infection. The girl celebrated her birthday at the beginning of the month, and a few days later she “burned out.” How could this happen?
Meningococcal infection develops rapidly; for those who become ill, the count is not days, but hours and even minutes. The disease is dangerous because it leads to purulent inflammation of the membranes of the brain.
As told by tmn.aif.ru infectious disease doctor Yulia Rozhdestvenskaya, If treatment is not started immediately, the infection can result in death for 50% of those affected. Those who seek medical help on time have a higher chance of recovery, but 16% of such patients may die.
There is a vaccine against meningococcal infection. “Children can be vaccinated from 9 months. It’s better not to delay this and not to expose the child to mortal danger,” warned Yulia Rozhdestvenskaya.
By the way, if one of its family members is confirmed to have meningococcal infection, then contact children must receive such vaccinations free of charge. Because the disease is very contagious. Bacteria live in the human nasopharynx and are spread by coughing or sneezing at close range – up to half a meter.
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