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New study suggests potential shift in burden of pneumococcal disease
Date:3/5/2013

al disease among young children. Thus, prevention of pneumococcal disease among other high-risk groups such as the elderly or immuno-compromised will become increasingly important, said Lucia Helena de Oliveira, Regional Advisor of the Comprehensive Family Immunization Project at the Pan American Health Organization.

Experts examined the cost of illness for pneumococcal disease in older persons in five countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Uruguay. They found that in these countries, invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) incurs considerable costs to health care systemsgenerating up to US$4,490 per case. Researchers also found the total health care costs in the studied countries ranged from USD $0.94 million to 14.1 million, with higher costs incurred by the elderly due to higher level of resources used for treating the elderly. In total, health care spending as a GDP per capita for IPD among people above 5 years of age in the region was estimated at 0.1 percent compared to the reported 8 to 10 percent of GDP spent on health care overall.

The study authors are calling on policymakers to prioritize adult pneumococcal disease on their public health agendas, so healthcare professionals will devote more resources to detect and report on occurrences of the disease and find ways to combat it.

Great determination and collaboration among the international health community helped make global reductions in pediatric pneumococcal disease possible. It is time to transition this success to find solutions to prevent pneumococcal infections in older children and adults, especially those over 65, said Dr. Ciro de Quadros, Executive Vice President of the Sabin Vaccine Institute.


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Contact: Johanna Harvey
johanna.harvey@sabin.org
202-621-1691
Sabin Vaccine Institute
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