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Wits study shows vaccination leads to critical decline in pneumococcal disease and antibiotic resistance in SA

[Johannesburg, 12 November 2014] - Wits University and the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) released a new study, led by Wits academics, showing rates of invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) including cases caused by antibiotic resistant bacteria have fallen substantially in South Africa following the introduction of a pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) in 2009.

The release of the results of the study coincides with World Pneumonia Day, commemorated annually on 12 November.

The study, titled: Effects of Vaccination on Invasive Pneumococcal Disease in South Africa, published in the latest edition of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), compares IPD incidence after the introduction of PCV (post-introduction: 2011 and 2012) to incidence prior to its introduction (2005?2008), focusing on high-risk groups.
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Wits study shows vaccination leads to critical decline in pneumococcal disease and antibiotic resistance in SA

Last updated : 12 November 2014

 
 
 

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