Hospitalisation rates for pneumonia following the introduction of a pneumococcal vaccination
- Correspondence to Dr W Jones, CT2, University Hospital of Wales, Medical Directorate, Heath Park, Cardiff CF14 4XW, UK;
In response to concerns regarding increases in non-vaccine serotype-related pneumococcal disease, a 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV7) was introduced to the US child immunisation schedule in 2000. This study evaluated the impact of this vaccine on hospitalisation rates for pneumonia in the decade following its introduction.
Interrogation of the …