psychology-vaccine-fear-needle-shotThe Question: Has the use of the pneumococcal vaccine affected the incidence of pneumococcal meningitis?

The Study: Doctors in France surveyed 227 pediatric wards to obtain information on their admissions for pneumococcal meningitis from 2001 to 2012. They also obtained information on the strains of pneumococcus responsible for each case of meningitis.

The Results: The number of cases of pneumococcal meningitis decreased by 27% from pre-vaccine to post-vaccine years. Overall, the mortality rate was 11%. Most of the deaths (84%) occurred in babies under 15 days old.

Comment: This is one of many studies demonstrating the benefits of immunizations. Unvaccinated and under-vaccinated children are at an increased of becoming seriously ill or dying.

Read More: The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 12/14

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From issue: 30/03-04