Wednesday, August 16, 2017 -- Public Health England and the Royal College of Nursing are urging new university students to get vaccinated against meningitis so that they can build immunity to the disease before fresher’s week, after figures show that uptake of the jab last year was low.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 -- by Sylvia Becker-Dreps, Bryan Blette, Rafaela Briceño, Jorge Alemán, Michael G. Hudgens, Gilberto Moreno, Ana Ordoñez, Julio Rocha, David J. Weber, Erick Amaya Background Streptococcus pneumoniae causes about 826,000 deaths of children in the world each year and many health facility visits. To reduce the burden of pneumococcal disease, many nations have added pneumococcal conjugate vaccines to their national immunization schedules. Nicaragua was the first country eligible for GAVI Alliance funding to introduce the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) in 2010, provided to infants at 2, 4, and 6 months of age. The goal of this study was to evaluate the population impact of the first five years of the program. Methods Numbers of visits for pneumonia, pneumonia-related deaths,