PCV-13 Vaccination: the value of analyzing dosing schedules for low-resource settings
Annick Raissa Ouelhore Sidibe, Surveillance and Immunization Technical Advisor, Jhpiego, Burkina Faso
Streptococcus pneumoniae infection is one of the leading bacterial causes of sickness and death worldwide. With nearly 3.7 million severe infections and 400,000 deaths in children under five each year, it is the most common cause of bacterial pneumonia, meningitis, and sepsis in children worldwide.
Pneumococci are classified into more than 90 stereotypes. Although most stereotypes can colonize the oropharynx, fewer than 20 stereotypes cause disease. And some stereotypes are particularly known for their invasive potential and ability to cause outbreaks, especially stereotypes 1 and 5.
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