Third Regional Pneumococcal Symposium Proceedings

The 3rd Regional Pneumococcal Symposium held in Istanbul, Turkey on February 13-14, 2008, brought together 200 participants from Turkey, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Greece, Bulgaria and Romania as well as officials from the World Health Organization and representatives from multilateral agencies and pharmaceutical companies to discuss the latest advances of Pneumococcal vaccines.

The Burden of Pneumococcal Disease and Cost-Effectiveness of a Pneumococcal Vaccine in Latin America and the Caribbean

Streptococcus pneumoniae (SP),or pneumococcus,causes a number of clinical conditions (including pneumonia, meningitis, bacteremia, sepsis and acute otitis media [AOM]), each of which has multiple other causes. SP is an important cause of morbidity, mortality and health care system costs.