Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, March 7th, 2000
The vaccine, called Prevnar, prevents invasive pneumococcal infections. A different pneumococcal vaccine for adults has been available for years. But children under age five suffer some 16,000 pneumococcal blood infections and 1,400 pneumococcal meningitis cases every year - and until now there has been no way to prevent them, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said.
Children under age two are at highest risk. In up to half the cases of meningitis, children suffer brain...
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