"S pneumo disease reduced after vaccine"

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"S pneumo disease reduced after vaccine"
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"Invasive pneumococcal disease reduced after vaccine introduction

Study also demonstrates significant decline in rates of resistant disease.

June 2003

ATLANTA — The use of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (Prevnar, Wyeth) is associated with a significant reduction in invasive pneumococcal disease in vaccinated children, according to a recent study.

The study, published recently in The New England Journal of Medicine, also demonstrated that the overall incidence of invasive disease caused by penicillin-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria substantially declined since the vaccine’s introduction.....

The researchers also found a 35% disease reduction caused by strains that were not susceptible to penicillin among children younger than 2 years of age."