The answer is YES: …in 99% of the cases they work and only a 1% of the cases proves not to be effective. When we refer to cases of sepsis (severe life threatening infection), even with the best treatment it still can lead to death of the patients.
Take for instance the Pneumococci infection, which affects the lungs and causes severe cases of meningitis that can be deadly even if treated immediately. To prevent the incidence healthcare authorities have implemented vaccination against meningitis at an early age.
Skeptics will still scrutinize this and pose the question: Do vaccines really help?
The answer for Pneumococci is a simple “YES”: ….. but it is essential to improve everything in this area than only the vaccines.
First, it is important to determine which antibiotics are more effective, because in many cases bacteria tend to become resistant over time. Dr. Steingrover is happy to see that since 2014 the situation has improved. There tends to be more of a grip on treatments of bacterial infections. Also, on a local level we need to work on the availability of special antibiotics for treatment of for instance sepsis with babies and infants. Every hospital should have these antibiotics in house or have the opportunity to purchase at any time without the requirement to hold large inventory; this medicine is only rarely required.
Key is to get it when needed…speed of delivery is the answer.
Then there is our immune system, the regulator of infections. The clue is to get to know as much as you can about your immune system to keep your immune system in great shape and stay healthy.
Next blog, we will dig into the mystery of our immune system and unravel important information for you.