Monday, April 16, 2012

Deadliest Diseases Pop Quiz: Be A Child's Shot@Life

Name the single biggest killer of kids around the world.


It's probably not what you're guessing...


Malaria kills @100,000 people of all ages each year (2010 data).



Tuberculosis kills @1.1 million people of all ages each year (2010 data).


AIDS kills @1.8 million people of all ages each year (2009 data).



Give up?


Think lungs.  Chest infection.  That awful sucking sound that I once heard coming from my then 3-year old son and still cannot forget, may never forget. 


PNEUMONIA.


Pneumonia kills about 1.4 million kids under 5 every year around the world according to the World Health Organization.  It kills more than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined, accounting for 18% of all deaths of children under five. 


The best way to prevent pneumonia? Immunizing kids - vaccines for Hib, pneumococcus, measles and whooping cough (pertussis).

2 comments:

JuliesMum said...

It must be terrrifying to hear that sound in your own child. It's easy for us to imagine that a mum in the third world somehow doesn't feel the same as we do - when of course she must feel just as terrified when she hears that, and with more reason.

Polly Palumbo, Ph.D. said...

Yes imagine her terror. Great point.