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|Here is some brief information about some serious childhood illness that we offer vaccines against. Whilst most people are vaccinated, these diseases are rare. As vaccine rates fall, the diseases quickly return. When worrying about the side-effects of vaccines, we should not forget how nasty the diseases were. (and will be again if we let them)|
Acute infection of the nose and throat and occasionally of skin, heart and nervous system.
Complications persistent skin ulcers, loss of vocal chord function (lost voice) and death.
Killed a lot of small children in 1900s, but extremely rare in UK since the introduction of the vaccine program
Infection in dirty wounds, releases a toxin into the blood stream causing muscle spasms all round the body but especially in the back, neck, jaw (lock jaw) and limbs. Generalised painful contractions, like fits, can occur, followed by death
Infection of nose and throat leading to severe bouts of coughing followed by vomiting. Characteristic “whoop” is attempt to breath in between coughing spasms. Can last 1 -3 months.
Variable viral infection, sometimes with no symptoms at all, sometimes with fever, headaches, vomiting, neck stiffness, and photophobia (disliking the light). 80% occurs in under 3 years old.
Bacterial infection usually in under 5s.
Almost unseen in our area since the introduction of the vaccine.
A variety of Meningitis, usually in under 5s or teenagers. Before the vaccine, this type was responsible for 40% of meningitis cases.
Causes headache, fever, vomiting, stiff neck, aching joints and photophobia (disliking the light). Going on to drowsiness, confusion, coma and death.
8 out of 10 get a non-blanching fine red rash.
Viral infection of nose and throat, causing fever, runny nose, sore eyes, cough and a distinctive rash all over body.
With falling vaccine rates, measles is returning. After 10 years with no local cases, the disease is back
A viral illness with fever and swollen face. The gland in front of the ears, over the angle of the jaw, swells.
As with Measles after 10 years with no cases, we have had several outbreaks locally this year.
A viral infection that causes either no symptoms (50%) or a low grade fever with joint aches and a non descript rash where pink spots merge together.