This led to 'Don't Gamble with this awful illness' - a full page story in the paper edition, complete with sidebar listing the symptoms and a large photo of Family Broekhuizen playing with the ubiquitous toy train. The story ties in with the launch on Monday of the Pneumococcal vaccine as part of the Vaccination Schedule for under-twos. Dad Jason Broekhuizen (36) comes over as a bit of a know-it-all but his heart is in the right place.
You don't want this illness happening to your kids, believe me.
Thinking about the couples with children I know, all of them have one parent who tends towards the 'it won't happen to us - look at the odds' when it comes to the category of experiences I will refer to obliquely as 'Bad Things'. I was that parent; I always thought that the balance my rationalised optimism provided to Nik's intuitive caution meant that, through the continual series of compromises and trade-offs that formulated our combined parenting approach, Tom would come out balanced and OK. Other children wouldn't have to be scrubbed and sprayed with DDT before being allowed in the house and we wouldn't let him juggle with scissors and bread knives until he was old enough to mop up the blood himself. So we went on until our luck ran out and were reminded that, just because there were long odds against something, it can still happen.
To finish up this broadcast promoting Pneumococcal Vaccine, I'll leave you with a quote from BBC Wales (and anyone else who's running a similar story this week)
Chief Medical Officer for Wales Dr Tony Jewell said: "We have already seen the immense impact this programme has had in the US. Since its introduction, infections in young children caused by the strains in the vaccine have fallen by 94%.