Pneumonia is the leading global cause of childhood death and kills nearly one million children each year.
Yet despite there being an effective vaccine only a quarter the world’s children have been immunised against it.
Whilst I always try to appreciate the different perspective on any topic, I find it hard to understand people who do not vaccinate their children, particularly after seeing the devastating conditions here that are vaccine preventable.
Watching a child’s body spasm with their backs forced into extension, their face contorted in a joker like grimace and their lungs paralysed as a result of the toxins that come from being infected with tetanus is one of the most traumatic things I have seen in my medical career. I have seen small bodies try and fight this condition, but ultimately they simply can’t take a breath and they die. It’s a horrible death.