Diphtheria is a very dangerous infectious disease. It is distributed by airborne droplets. The incubation period of diphtheria is from 2 to 10 days. At this time there is swelling, sore throat and fever (38-390C). Diphtheria is extremely insidious with its complications. First of all, the cardiovascular and nervous systems, the kidneys, suffer.
According to statistics, out of 100 people who have been in contact with the patient, 15-20 people become infected. Children, people with reduced immunity and not vaccinated are at risk. Even more frightening is the fact that mortality from diphtheria reaches up to 50%. If in the first days of the disease enter antidiphtheria serum - the probability of death is as high as 10-15%. That is, every 10th dies, and every 5th among children!
Vaccination remains one of the most effective measures to prevent diphtheria. Children are vaccinated at 2, 4, 6, 18 months and 16 years. Adults must be vaccinated every 10 years.
The vaccine is available in the student polyclinic. Students should contact their faculty doctor. About 50% of students are unvaccinated on time. The vaccine is free.