WHO says pneumococcus is: ‘A leading infectious disease'

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.

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Seven Children Die from Pneumococcus Every Minute

Prof. Dr. Ciro A. de Quadros, co-chairman of Pneumococcal Awareness Council of Experts (PACE), stated that seven children die from diseases caused by pneumococcus bacteria every minute, pointing out that the pneumococcal conjugate vaccination was effective and safe in preventing such diseases.

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What is Pneumococcus?

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.

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Vaccination Can Help Save Millions of Children

Speaking at the Third Regional Pneumococcal Symposium, Dr. Ciro A. de Quadros, cochairman of the Pneumococcal Awareness Council of Experts (PACE), said that the pneumococcus bacteria leading to diseases such as pneumonia, meningitis and bacteraemia causes 1.6 million people to die every year, half of whom are children. Dr.

Call for pneumococcal vaccine

Pneumococcal diseases rank at the top among terminal illnesses causing death in children and adults worldwide. These diseases, including pneumonia, meningitis, sepsis and other life-threatening diseases, result in the death of some 1.6 million people every year worldwide, half of whom are children under the age of five. Convening in Istanbul to ensure that pneumococcal vaccine is covered by public health insurance, experts called for global action.

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