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Health Experts Call on Global Leaders to Ensure Access to Life-Saving Pneumococcal Vaccines
Date:6/10/2008

enya alone, we lose more than 20,000 children under age five each year to pneumococcal disease," said Dr. Fred Were, chairman of the Kenya Paediatric Association and member of PACE. "Current and future vaccines could potentially prevent 50 to 80 percent of these deaths. I'm proud that Kenya has made the decision to introduce this vaccine and to protect the lives and health of Kenyan children."

Pneumococcal vaccines have been available since 2000 to safely and effectively protect children and adults against pneumococcal infections. The 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV-7) is currently in use in over 70 countries, and expanded protection pneumococcal conjugate vaccines currently in the late stages of development are expected to be licensed by 2009.


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