Published in Vaccine Weekly, April 11th, 2007
Pneumococcal disease is the leading vaccine preventable cause of child deaths worldwide. WHO estimates that about 1.6 million people, including up to one million children under five years old, die every year of pneumococcal pneumonia, meningitis, and sepsis.(1) In populations with high child mortality rates, pneumonia is the leading infectious cause of mortality and accounts for about 20-25% of all child deaths.(2)
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