Earlier this year, we revealed some scary malaria statistics. We told you that since malaria kills one child every 30 seconds, this equates to 3,000 child deaths every day!
So it’s no wonder that the results of a new malaria vaccine are getting so much attention…
Malaria vaccination: Not as far-fetched as it sounds
It’s official! After following a successful trial of the vaccine named RTS,S, which GlaxoSmithKline developed for the most deadly strain of malaria, Africa could soon get a malaria vaccine, says timeslive.co.za.
And that’s good news says the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Because “the study found that children who received the vaccine, aged five to 17 months, had 46% less chance of contracting malaria in 18 months compared to children who were given a placebo,” adds the report.
But don’t think that means an end to malaria completely. While the vaccine will certainly reduce the number of cases of malaria, it won’t prevent all episodes of malaria.
For that, you need to take extra precautions.
Is there a natural way to prevent malaria?
Your best prevention against malaria is to ensure mosquitoes don’t bite you in the first place. Easier said than done, though.
But Dr Mercola believes an ancient Chinese herb could help you prevent malaria if you are bitten.
He’s talking about artemisinin, or sweet wormwood. A plant compound the Chinese have used it for a millennium and a half to ward off malaria.
And here’s the funny thing. According to The Guardian, the game-changing vaccine making headlines is a combination of drugs made from the artemisinin plant.
When you see how it works, you’ll understand why.
You see, according to the WHO, artemisinin reduces the number of Plasmodium parasites in the blood of patients with malaria rapidly. This lowers your risk of being infected.
So if you’re travelling to a malaria area this summer, talk to a natural health specialist about artemisinin tablets. It could save your life.