Tuesday, 10 April 2007

Child pneumonia rate decreases 39% with new vaccine

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Looks like vaccinations about pneumonia in children has led to a 39% reduction in hospital visits for kids who end up contracting pneumonia.

New research reports that the use of the PCV7 vaccine since 2000 has led to a dramatic decline in hospital admissions for pneumonia -- and especially for children younger than 2 years of age.

This is very good news for concerned parents who have had smaller children admitted to a hospital with a case of pneumonia. Lead researcher Dr. Carlos Grijalva stated that "A large number of pneumonia can be prevented with this vaccine."

It appears that the PCV7 vaccine is having an effect outside meningitis and bacteremia and into the realm of pneumonia and even ear infections.

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