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New vaccine saves lives

3rd January 2008

Estimates show that more than 300 children have avoided serious illness since the introduction of the pneumococcal vaccine in England a year ago.

The Health Protection Agency says that 86% of children have received the jab, which is given to infants at two and four months with a booster dose at 13 months of age to protect against pneumonia and meningitis. However, experts are calling for more children to be vaccinated, as one in six remain unvaccinated against a government target of 95% uptake.


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