By Michael Cairns, FOXSports.com
Joshua Kimmich didn’t just catch the flu in the 2018 World Cup.
Kimmich, a defender for Poland, is calling for the vaccination of players who suffer from the deadly polio-like illness called Chapovia Cantalegre, even though it isn’t considered a general “flu” that can be prevented.
Polio isn’t fully eradicated in the world, though it’s been eliminated in most countries. It’s commonly referred to as “the dirty war.” People must have a strong immune system to have gone through the rigorous process that took decades to eliminate, and even then, infections can occur, though largely because people who are vaccinated are protected.
Still, as Kimmich stated:
“It was something that wasn’t always made clear to me how serious it could be or is.”
Polio can result in paralysis and death. It’s spread through oral contact, sometimes by dirty water. Even though it’s rare, it can easily spread within a team, though its toxicity and the initial sound it makes before a person feels the effects might also have encouraged infection.
Fortunately, Kimmich is out of the World Cup and recovering from the complaint of chronic cough and chest pain. It is something, though, that should be discussed by players whenever they and the medical staff discuss what sort of vaccines they should get, since it’s one of the diseases to which the flu vaccine is not applied.
It was reported this year that the CDC had received reports that four players from a top-flight soccer team contracted chest pains because of the flu.
Kimmich, who is based in Dortmund, Germany, says he saw someone with that symptom on a regular basis leading up to the World Cup.
The incident won’t prevent Kimmich from playing for Poland in Euro 2020.
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