São Paulo , Brazil
13 - 14 December 2006
The 2nd Regional Pneumococcal Symposium held in São Paulo , Brazil in December 2006 brought together 300 participants from the Latin American region to discuss the latest advances of Pneumococcal vaccines. This meeting followed the First Symposium two years earlier, held in Mexico City. Participants in Mexico City had noted the urgent need to better understand the burden of pneumococcal disease in Latin America and the Caribbean. During this meeting a new comprehensive report was distributed that reviewed all the literature in connection with pneumococcal disease in the region of the Americas. The report was the result of an intense year of work by a team of epidemiologists allied with the Sabin Vaccine Institute. Many other contributors, from across the region and the world, brought their unique national and global perspectives to bear as well, collectively presenting an in-depth understanding of the possibilities and challenges ahead in the effort to alleviate the burden of pneumococcus.