A mum has shared a heartbreaking timeline of images showing how fast the deadly meningococcal disease infected her toddler.
*This post contains confronting images of a child with Meningococcal B
Jazmyn Parkyn, was just three when she contracted the deadly illness, thankfully she was one of the lucky ones who managed to recover.
254 cases were reported last year, sadly 11 people died.
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Her mother, Sarah, said it was important other parents see what the early signs look like in hope they too can avoid it being fatal for their child.
The timeline shows a small mark on Jazmyn’s chest appear at 9.30am before spreading across her abdomen and down her limbs just a few hours later.
13 hours after her mother’s discovery of the first mark, Jazmyn was covered in a rash from the disease and was fighting for her life.
Her mother says Jazmyn, now five, still suffers from headaches and leg pains which require daily medication.
Jazmyn suffered from the B strain, which currently is not covered by the Pharamaceutical Benefits Scheme, meaning a shot could cost up to $500.
‘It should be on the PBS and National Immunisational Schedule,’ Ms Parkyn says.
According to the Department of Health PBS website meningococcal B accounts for ‘85% of all meningococcal disease cases.’
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