ADVERTORIAL: Protect your family against worms

While most people think they are immune to worms, 1 out of 2 children may be affected.

05 February 2016

From playing with pets, to the food they eat, children are constantly at risk.[2] Worms are contagious and you may also be at risk.[2] 

Signs and symptoms

  • Loss of appetite
  • Constipation
  • Weight loss
  • Anaemia
  • Diarrhoea
  • Abdominal pain
  • Peri-anal itching
  • Fatigue 

How do I get worms?

Worms are easily spread through the likes of contaminated water, air, pet fur and even door handles. Worm eggs can adhere to clothing, bed linen and contaminated hands. Worm eggs can live on raw meat or fruits and vegetables that have not been washed properly. They can also be spread by walking barefoot on contaminated soil or sand.

How do worms affect my child?

Intestinal worms lead to complications such as bowel obstruction, anaemia and loss of appetite.[3] According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) worm infestations in children affect physical and intellectual development and are often linked to attention deficits and learning disabilities.[6] 

Myths and facts

Myth: Only dirty people get worms. 
Fact: While poor hygiene habits can contribute to the spread of worms, catching worms can be as simple as touching an infected surface – it doesn’t matter how clean you are.[2]
Myth: Only children get worms – I will never need to treat myself or my partner!
Fact: It is true that 1 out of 2 children may be affected[1] by worms. This is basically due to their close social interaction and generally less entrenched patterns of personal hygiene (hand washing etc.) which contributes to rapid transfer of the infection.[2] However, worms are contagious and you may also be at risk.[2] If suspected, ALL household members (including Mum and Dad) should be treated. 

How often should I deworm my family with Vermox®

Deworm your family every six months[4] with Vermox®, South Africa's No. 1 deworming solution.[5] It's known to kill all common types of worms and is suitable for adults and children over the age of one.
Try to tie these in to key periods in your calendar, such as “Back to school” in January, April, July and October.

Why treat with Vermox®?

  • Vermox® is indicated for the treatment of gastrointestinal infestations caused by Pinworm, Whipworm, Hookworm, Large roundworm, Threadworm, Tapeworm.
  • Vermox® can be used for children aged one and up, as well as the whole family.
  • Worms are disintegrated so there is no passing of dead worms.
  • Convenient single dose and multi-dose tablets and suspensions.
  • Pleasant chocolate and banana flavoured suspension.

Why has Vermox® chosen to donate 14 million doses to South African kids?

Vermox® has chosen to donate seven million doses for South African kids to get dewormed twice a year, through the Government deworming program. We are doing this because we understand how worms can affect the growth and development of our children. As the leader in deworming, we want to make sure that South African families are safe from worms. 


  1. Adams V, Markus M et al, Paradoxical Helminthiasis and Giardiasis in Cape Town, South Africa: Epidemiology and Control. African Health Sciences 2005.
  2. Parasitic Worms – Some Symptoms and How People Get Them. Organic Nutrition. https://www.organicnutrition.co.uk Accessed 21 October 2015
  3. Whitelaw, A, Digestive Health. Worms. Health 24 http://www.health24.com/Medical/Digestive-health/Common-digestive-disorders/Worms-20120721 - Accessed 28 October
  4. Soil-transmitted Helminth Infections. WHO. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs366/en/ - Accessed 21 October 2015
  5. IMS data MAT to October 2015.
  6. Weekly Epidemiological Record. WHO. 2006. http://www.who.int/wer/en/ - Accessed 9 December

Learn more

Click here to learn more about deworming your family.