The parents of 3-year-old Jazmyn Parkyn are speaking out after their daughter nearly died from Meningitis B. Their goal is to get the strain of the virus on the immunization list covered by the Australian government. Currently, vaccines are available but they cost $300, according to ABC News. 
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When Jazmyn initially became ill, Sarah and Aaron Parkyn weren't too concerned. Her siblings were just recovering from the flu. The next morning, Jazmyn's legs were bothering her and a a rash had appeared on her legs. 


Sarah decided she'd take her daughter to the doctor just to be safe. That proved to be a life-saving decision. Upon examination, the doctor discovered a small dot on her chest, and a second mark appeared while she was at the doctor. The doctor sent her to the hospital for monitoring, according to ABC. 

Within hours Jazmyn's condition deteriorated so much that she had to be air-lifted to the intensive care unit at the Adelaide Women's and Children's Hospital. 


"It is only due to a mother's intuition and knowledge of her kids, and the amazing doctor that detected the slight symptoms and reacted with immediate action that contributed to Jazmyn being alive today ..." Sarah wrote on a Facebook page she set up to chronicle Jazmyn's journey. 

The disease can cause scarring, brain injury, deafness or the amputation of hands or legs. It kills between 10 and 15 percent of patients who contract the illness, according to the National Meningitis Association.  


Jazmyn spent four weeks in the hospital recovering from the disease. This year, she underwent plastic surgery to remove scarring and aid in her recovery, according to Jazmyn's Meningococcal B Journey. 

A petition started by the family to add the vaccine to the National Immunization Register received almost 3,500 signatures and passed through the Parliamentary Petitions Committee. 

Symptoms of the disease are very similar to the flu and include stomach and leg pain, fever and rash.