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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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  • oh very scary when the kids get it. this should be a free vax’ for this strain

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  • I knew a young girl who woke up one morning screaming with earache.
    She was fine when were was bathed the night before and went to bed.
    They rushed her to the Childrens’ Hospital. Suddenly the spots appeared and spread rapidly. The hospital staff said they had never seen it spread so quickly. Sadly she passed away the next day.


    • How sad ! Such rapid development of the disease ending in death….scary

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  • Hope this goes viral. When are they going to learn that a vaccine costs so much less than treatment?

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  • Those are scary images, but worth looking at.

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  • What a brave little girl and her family. I have had someone in my family, a healthy 32 year old mum who was well one day and the next day died from meningococcal. She thought she just had a virus. It is a devastating disease. This story is inspiring for anyone to get help as soon as possible.

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