Not sensitive to antibiotics
Usually the pneumococcus lives in the nasopharynx of children and adults and is spread through the air by sneezing and coughing. The list caused by pneumococci infections very impressive — inflammation of the middle ear, sinusitis (inflammation of sinuses), pneumonia (pneumonia), sepsis (blood poisoning)... Each of these diseases can occur by itself, and can burden ourselves with various complications. The duration of treatment depends on the age of the child, the state of his immune system, as well as localization of infection. Antibiotic treatment lasts 5 to 14 days, sometimes more. Unfortunately, many subtypes of pneumococcus is not sensitive to antibiotics, this means that the infection is incurable. Another problem that the resistance of microbes to antibiotics in the future will only increase. People tend to prefer the extremes of self-medication with antibiotics, once drawn with a different mission, or very "green" way of thinking based on the belief that all the body needs to cope on their own... All this significantly reduces the ability of medicine to deal with serious infectious diseases.
A strong immune system is not enough
What contributes to the disease pneumococcal infection — immunity, genetic predisposition, lifestyle, nutrition, habits of the parents? Of course, the immune system plays a significant role in the development of any disease. However, to get a child with a strong immune system. Pneumococcus-induced diseases by severity can be assessed on a scale from 1 to 100. It may just be inflammation of the middle ear, may be blood poisoning, disabling, and sometimes fatal even in a healthy baby. Of great importance are and the environment in which we live, the lifestyles and family habits. It is important and how the child eats, how old he was breast-fed, etc. a Special place among the risk factors passive Smoking is affecting the frequency of lung diseases, including those caused by pneumococcus pneumonia.
Serious pneumococcal infection, which so worried the doctors, but moms sometimes do not fully realize the degree of threat, certainly not pass without consequences for a child's health. For example, caused by pneumococcus meningitis may lead to hearing loss or visual impairments, mobility disabilities, etc.
Discard the myths
My advice to parents who care about the health of their children, is this: stop believing the myths and retell horrible stories about the doctors and the commercialization of vaccination. Decades, scientists have struggled to develop new vaccines able to protect against disease the most unprotected and vulnerable part of our society. The only way to protect children against pneumococcal infection is vaccination. Yes, vaccination does not mean 100% guarantee of protection against the disease, but definitely will save it from its severe form and complications.
Vaccination is not a gift to our children, and the opportunity to live and not to die from diseases controlled by vaccines. The best advice about necessary vaccinations could give those parents who spent long hours in the hospital at the bedside of a sick child, and then in tears he acknowledged his error: the rejection of the previously proposed vaccination.