Pneumonia has decreased by a fifth1st September 2010
A new study has shown that the number of children admitted to English hospitals with bacterial pneumonia fell by a fifth in the two years following the introduction of a vaccine to combat the disease.
The PCV7 vaccine was introduced into the childhood primary immunisation programme across the UK in September 2006 to protect against seven different strains of streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria. An Imperial College London study showed that in the first two years following the introduction of this vaccine, hospital admissions for bacterial pneumonia decreased by 19% in children under 15.
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