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The Pediatric Forum
February 2005

Declining Early Childhood Mortality From Invasive Pneumococcal Disease: The Impact of Vaccination

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2005;159(2):195-197. doi:10.1001/archpedi.159.2.195-c

Invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) is an important cause of morbidity and mortality in young children. In 2000, a 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV7) was licensed and recommended for IPD prevention in children.1 Subsequent decreases in IPD incidence in young children have been noted.2,3 However, population-based data are lacking on the impact of PCV7 on early childhood mortality. We used vital records data to assess the effects of PCV7 on mortality in children younger than 2 years in the United States.

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