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Cyprus and Ireland Add Wyeth's 7-Valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV7) to Their National Immunisation Schedules
Date:9/4/2008

demonstrated vaccine efficacy.(4) Recently, the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) to WHO issued a preliminary recommendation that pneumococcal disease prevention be ranked as a very high priority on a global basis.(5)

Prevenar(TM), the only licensed pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, is now available in 88 countries around the world, with more than 180 million doses distributed.(1)

Pneumococcal Disease

Pneumococcal disease affects both children and adults and is a leading cause of illness and death worldwide.(6) Pneumococcal disease is caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae and describes a group of illnesses, including invasive infections, such as bacteremia/sepsis and meningitis, as well as pneumonia and upper respiratory tract infections, including otitis media.(7) Prevenar is the first and only pneumococcal conjugate vaccine approved to help protect infants and young children against pneumococcal disease caused by the serotypes included in the vaccine.(7)

Wyeth

Wyeth is one of the world's largest research-driven pharmaceutical and health care products companies. It is a leader in the discovery, development, manufacturing and marketing of pharmaceuticals, vaccines, biotechnology products, nutritionals and non-prescription medicines that improve the quality of life for people worldwide. The Company's major divisions include Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Wyeth Consumer Healthcare and Fort Dodge Animal Health.

References:

1) Data on file, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc.

2) March 2007-WHO position paper

3) Health Protection Agency (HPA): Centre for Infections.

Cumulative weekly number of reports of invasive pneumococcal disease

Due to any of the seven serotypes present in PCV-7: children <2 years

In England and Wales by epidemiological year: July-June (2003 to

date). Cumulative Weekly Report IPD. February 2008.

4) World Health Organization. Pneumococcal co
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