June 10, 2008
Reykjavik, Iceland – Nearly 1,000 of the world’s leading experts on infectious diseases and vaccines are meeting during the 6th International Symposium on Pneumococci and Pneumococcal Diseases (ISPPD-6) this week to call for renewed and urgent action by governments to protect their citizens against pneumococcal disease, a leading killer of children and adults worldwide.
Prof. Dr. Ciro A. de Quadros, co-chairman of the Pneumococcal Awareness Council of Experts (PACE), stated that there are seven children dying from diseases caused by pneumococcus bacteria every minute, pointing out that the pneumococcal conjugate vaccination was effective and safe in preventing such diseases.
ISTANBUL — We took an exclusive interview with Dr. Peter R. Paradiso, head of vaccines department of Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, about vaccines, problems in vaccinations, solutions and new vaccines including Prevnar, a 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine.
ISTANBUL – Having attended the 3rd Regional Pneumococcal Symposium held in Istanbul, Dr. Orin Levine, Co- Chairman of Pneumococcal Awareness Council of Experts (PACE) emphasized that pneumococcal disease is one of the most important health problems of our century, causing 1.6 million people to die every year, although it is infectious. Dr. Levine talked to Medical Tribune about his opinions on this issue.
ISTANBUL — Having convened in the 3rd Regional Pneumococcal Symposium held in Istanbul, experts lamented the low pneumococcal awareness level and called for the pneumococcal vaccine to be covered by social health insurance. Speaking at the press conference, Prof. Dr. Mehmet Ceyhan, Chairman of Turkish Association of Infectious Diseases, said that “Treatment of disease is not enough alone.
There are seven children dying of pneumococcal diseases every minute worldwid.
Pneumococcal disease causes pneumonia, meningitis, sepsis and other life-threatening ailments, and kills 1.6 million people — including more than 800,000 children under the age of five — every year. The experts meeting in Istanbul to ensure that pneumococcal vaccine is covered by the public health insurance called for global action.