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    Travel Vaccines for Your Child
    Did you know? Malaysia’s Ministry of Health provides the rakyat with mandatory vaccines to prevent certain major childhood diseases for free. However, there are also other diseases from which your child can get protection through various optional vaccines, especially when travelling to countries where these diseases are endemic to. These include: When travelling, consider the ...
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    Vaccination Saves Lives
    The World Health Organization reported that 5.9 million children below five years of age died in 2015. Sadly, more than half of these deaths were due to preventable causes, especially diseases such as pneumonia, meningitis, and diarrhoea, all of which could have been prevented by vaccination. Even in Malaysia, there is a small group who ...
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    Routine Childhood Immunisation
    Immunity is the body’s way of preventing disease. The immune system recognizes germs that enter the body (called antigens) and produces proteins called antibodies to fight them. Most of the time, the immune system isn’t able to work fast enough to prevent the antigen from causing disease, so the child still gets sick. Nevertheless, the ...
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    Parent's Guide to Influenza
    FLU FACTS The flu (influenza) is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs that is caused by the influenza virus. The flu can spread from person to person. Young children, pregnant women, older people, and people with chronic illnesses can get very sick and in some cases, die. Unlike temperate countries, in tropical countries ...
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    Demystifying JE
    Japanese encephalitis (JE) is the most important cause of viral encephalitis in Asia, which mostly affects children. Every year there are about 50,000 cases of JE in the world. Most of the cases involve children under 15 years old. Roughly 20-30% of patients will die, while 30-50% of survivors may suffer permanent mental disability. These ...
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    What’s up Influenza?
    Influenza, or flu, is described as a highly contagious viral infection targeted at the respiratory system (i.e. lungs). In tropical countries like Malaysia, it occurs all year round with peak seasons occurring during Oct-Jan and Apr-June. Complications Pneumonia Sinus infections Ear infections Get Vaccinated Against Influenza Don’t take influenza for granted. It can infect us ...
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    Pneumococcal Battle: Our Life After
    The first time Aidan’s story came out was in 2011. At the time, Safinaz, Aidan’s mother, told us about the harrowing tale of how her son battled to escape the fatal clutches of pneumococcal disease. Even after 3 years since the scare, the memories of Aidan’s ordeal continue to linger. “I remember the whole thing ...
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    Beware The Threat of Meningococcal Meningitis
    Bacterial meningitis often has severe outcomes, ranging from serious post-recovery complications such as brain damage, hearing loss, or learning disabilities. However, a more serious outcome is death, which in meningococcal meningitis happens in 1 out of 10 cases. Vaccines are available which can control invasive meningococcal disease, namely meningococcal conjugate vaccines (MCV) and meningococcal polysaccharide ...
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    Dealing with Earache
    Earache caused by infections commonly happens between the ages of six months and two years, but can continue happening until your child is an adult. The earache can range from mild discomfort to a very sharp, dull, or burning pain in or around your child’s ears. It happens to children more than it does to ...