Pneumococcal jab causes rise in novel strains

Liddle, Rachel
April 2007
GP: General Practitioner;4/27/2007, p1
The article reports that the pneumococcal vaccine recently introduced into the child immunization program by the British Department of Health (DoH) can lead to an outbreak of novel strains of the bacteria. Routine vaccination with hep-tavalent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV7) was introduced in Alaska in 2001. Surveillance has shown that from 2001 to 2003, invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) among native Alaskan children under two years old fell by 67%, to 134 per 100,000 per year.


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