Navigation Links
Vaccine Now Misses Many Pneumococcal Infections in Kids
Date:4/21/2010

These bacteria can cause pneumonia and meningitis, researchers point out

WEDNESDAY, April 21 (HealthDay News) -- The advent in 2000 of the PCV7 vaccine to battle bacteria that causes pneumonia, meningitis and sepsis (blood infection) in children has caused notable changes in strains that cause these illnesses, researchers report.

Most worrisome is the recent spread of strains not covered by the vaccine, the team aid.

Immunizations with the PCV7 vaccine is now recommended for all children before the age of 2.

American researchers found that the most common cause of invasive pneumococcal infections is now a strain called serotype 19A, which is not covered by the PCV7 vaccine. The studies also found a rise in infections caused by antibiotic-resistant pneumococci.

One study, an analysis of 2001-07 data by Boston University researchers, revealed that only 15 percent of serious pneumococcal infections in Massachusetts were caused by one of the seven strains covered by the PCV7 vaccine. The remaining 85 percent were caused by other strains, most commonly serotype 19A.

Because infections with PCV7-targeted strains decreased and infections with strains not covered by the vaccine increased, there was little change in the overall rate of serious infections. The fatality rate among children with serious infections was 1.4 percent, and most of the deaths occurred in patients younger than 1 year old.

An increase in serious infections caused by serotype 19A since the introduction of PCV7 was also noted by researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

Both teams also found a significant rise in infections caused by antibiotic-resistant pneumococci -- mainly serotype 19A -- and stressed the need for continued monitoring of trends in invasive pneumococcal infections.

The studies are published in the April issue of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has more about pneumococcal disease.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, news release, April 12, 2010


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. IOM report on national vaccine plan
2. Centegra Expands H1N1 Vaccines to General Public
3. UM School of Medicine scientists find new malaria vaccine is safe and protective in children
4. FDA Collaboration Seeks to Speed Development of Pneumococcal Vaccines for Children in Developing Countries
5. Free H1N1 Vaccines Available at Concentra Urgent Care
6. PA Department of Health Continues to Offer Free H1N1 Flu Vaccine on Saturdays at 60 State Health Centers
7. PATH commends the Gates Foundation for their new commitment to fund vaccine innovation and delivery
8. Virus-like particle vaccine protects monkeys from chikungunya virus
9. Rotavirus Vaccine Could Save Millions of Children Worldwide
10. Vaccine approach extends life of metastatic prostate cancer patients
11. American adults receiving flu vaccine at about the same rate as in 2008, study finds
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... Catalent Pharma Solutions, the ... and consumer health products, today announced that it had joined the Pharmaceutical Supply ... non-profit organization to unite pharmaceutical and healthcare companies that share a vision of ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... Today’s patients are ... this in mind, SIGVARIS has created a new line of anti-embolism stockings to ... and provide the benefits of graduated compression when transitioning from recovery to early ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... 2016 , ... The Dianne Michael Insurance Agency, an Ohio-based ... is embarking on a charity drive with the aim of generating support for ... or neglected senior dogs in the Cincinnati region, and LuvFurMutts volunteers also work ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... ... December 08, 2016 , ... The Compretta Insurance Agency, a family owned ... and around the Hancock County area, is announcing the launch of a charity effort ... The Hancock County Food Pantry has worked for more than 30 years to meet ...
(Date:12/7/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Students attending Envision’s summer 2017 National ... hands-on experience in an emergency medical simulation, When Care is Hours Away. This ... medical skills that are critical success in a future career and beyond. , ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/8/2016)... , Dec. 8, 2016  A new study ... that the use of opioid therapy to treat chronic ... the likelihood of more harmful consequences, including death. ... M.D., and Zankhana Mehta , M.D., authored the ... on chronic opioid therapy. The study was published in ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... Inc . hat die behördliche Zulassung durch die CFDA sowie die Produkteinführung ... China angekündigt. ... ... Live Stretta procedure performed and broadcast during the Chinese Congress of Digestive ... , ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... -- According to the research report, the opportunity ... expected to be worth US$9.7 bn by the end of ... forecast years of 2016 and 2024, the global market is ... players operating in the global diabetes injection pens market are ... Ltd., and Sanofi S.A. Transparency Market Research reports that the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: