Published in Medical Letter on the CDC and FDA, August 21st, 2005
Study 1: A researcher discusses ethical issues of pneumococcal vaccination in elderly adults in a recent issue of Vaccine.
According to an analysis from the United States, "Because pneumococcal disease is a major problem among the elderly, pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccination is widely promoted. However, Sir William Osler called pneumonia the friend of the aged, leading to an ethical discussion. Mortality from pneumonia is higher with increasing degrees of underlying illness, outweighing the age effect. Although some symptoms are less...
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