Navigation Links
Flu Vaccine Could Prevent 357,000 Deaths in Pandemic
Date:10/29/2008

Predictive model shows shots would also save $7 billion in related health-care costs

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Vaccinating infants with what's known as the "7 valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine" (PCV7) could save more than 357,000 lives and $7 billion in costs by preventing bacterial infections during a flu pandemic, according to a predictive model developed by U.S. researchers.

Pneumococcal disease (such as meningitis) and other bacterial infections can follow flu and cause secondary infections that worsen flu symptoms and increase the risk of flu-related death. For example, it's believed that bacterial infections caused almost half of the deaths of young soldiers during the 1918 worldwide flu pandemic, according to background information in an Emory University news release.

"We've known for years that bacterial infections can develop after influenza. Unlike the 1918 flu pandemic, which preceded the antibiotic era, we now have vaccines that can prevent these types of pneumococcal infections. This model shows what a dramatically different outcome we could expect with standard PCV vaccination," Keith P. Klugman, professor of global health at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health, said in the news release.

He and colleagues at Harvard University, i3 Innovus in Medford. Mass., and Wyeth Research created a model to estimate the public health and economic effect current influenza vaccination practices would have on children younger than two years old during a flu pandemic. Since 2000, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended PCV vaccinations for infants and children.

The model showed that current PCV vaccination practices lower costs in a typical flu season by $1.4 billion and would cut costs by $7 billion in a pandemic. It also predicted that PCV vaccination would prevent 1.24 million cases of pneumonia and 357,000 pneumococcal-related deaths in a pandemic.

The findings were presented this week at an infectious diseases conference in Washington, D.C.

"Our research shows that routine pneumococcal vaccination is a proactive approach that can greatly reduce the effects of a future flu pandemic," Klugman said. "Countries that have not yet implemented a pneumococcal vaccination program may want to consider this as part of their pandemic flu preparedness."

Klugman is a paid consultant for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, which funded the study.

More information

The Immunization Action Coalition has more about pneumococcal diseases.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Emory University, news release, Oct. 28, 2008


'/>"/>
Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. DNA vaccine against multiple sclerosis appears safe, potentially beneficial
2. HPV vaccine does not appear to be effective for treating pre-existing HPV infection
3. Vaccine Stops Alzheimers Brain Tangles
4. Human Papilloma Virus vaccines may decrease chances of oral cancer
5. U.S. Teens Fall Short on Vaccine Coverage
6. Nasal Anthrax Vaccine Proves Effective in Animal Study
7. Hot ice, measuring depression, perfect invisibility and flu vaccine incentives
8. Bioniche Receives $2 Million Government Grant For Market Development Related to its E. coli O157:H7 Cattle Vaccine
9. Iomai Patch-Based Vaccine Cut Rate of Travelers Diarrhea by 75 Percent in Phase 2 Field Study
10. FDA approves expanded label for FluMist (influenza virus vaccine live, intranasal) to include childr
11. MedImmune Licenses Reverse Genetics Technology to GlaxoSmithKline for Use in Influenza Vaccine Development and Production
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Flu Vaccine Could Prevent 357,000 Deaths in Pandemic
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... 05, 2016 , ... At its annual meeting held last week, the American ... National Board of Directors. Mr. McDermott succeeds former APDA Chairman, Fred Greene. , "We ... Chambers , APDA President and CEO. “Pat has tirelessly served APDA since 2001 when ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... Stuart Bentkover, MD, FACS is thrilled ... provide the most effective tattoo removal today, Dr. Bentkover is the only doctor in ... Cynosure, the PicoSure has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... Colorize is ... one drop zone to the next using Colorize's dynamic moving camera. Colorize is perfect ... package includes a 3D slideshow environment with 1 to 5 focus points per scene, ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... , ... February 05, 2016 , ... Health and wellness ... relevant to individuals in the event they are experiencing an illness. Migraines are a ... Americans that are afflicted with migraines would not wish the pain on their worst ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... Ramsey, NJ (PRWEB) , ... February 05, 2016 ... ... Optimizing Primary Care for Patients with Rare Diseases, a continuing medical education (CME) ... conference is the first of its kind—and a first for ACCORD, whose mission ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/5/2016)... , Feb. 5, 2016  As people age, it ... multitude of recommended screenings and tests that are linked ... priority. However, for the majority of aging individuals, hearing ... planning. For the 37.5 million American adults who report ... present to make hearing health a 2016 healthy aging ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... Feb. 5, 2016 Aethlon Medical, Inc. (Nasdaq: ... and CEO, will be presenting at Source Capital Group,s 2016 ... NY at 2:15 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February ... Panel discussion taking place at 3:15 p.m. ET. ... one hour after the conclusion of the live event. The ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... Ind. , Feb. 5, 2016  Zimmer Biomet ... pricing of the previously announced underwritten secondary offering of ... its stockholders, consisting of affiliates of Blackstone and Goldman ... at an initial price of $96.45 per share. The ... the offering.  Neither Zimmer Biomet nor any of its ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: