For health workers, the death of a child always strikes hard, but this tragedy is felt deepest when it’s due to a disease that is readily preventable with a safe, effective vaccine.
Professor Berthold Koletzko, a paediatrician from one of Munich’s largest hospitals, has seen firsthand the alarming consequences of children missing out on vaccination. This has led to their exposure to illnesses that, in Europe, he’d once thought confined to a distant past: diseases like measles or tetanus – which previously he’d only seen while overseas in his youth.
“What we are seeing is that more parents are no longer aware of the dangers of these diseases. When I grew up many of us knew children who were damaged because of them. We, in the hospitals, still see their impact, but for newer generations of parents, it can feel much more remote.”
Full article at: WHO