Pneumococcal Disease News and Research

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Pneumococcal disease describes a group of illnesses caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae, also known as pneumococcus. This bacterial pathogen, which affects both children and adults, is a major cause of death and illness worldwide. In fact, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), pneumococcal disease is the number one vaccine-preventable cause of death in children younger than 5 years of age worldwide.
Low vaccination rates across Australia

Low vaccination rates across Australia

Experimental vaccine appears to protect against pneumonia

Experimental vaccine appears to protect against pneumonia

Researchers develop new pneumococcal vaccine through novel discovery approach

Researchers develop new pneumococcal vaccine through novel discovery approach

Pneumococcal vaccine officially rolled out in Kenya

Pneumococcal vaccine officially rolled out in Kenya

Scientists use full genome sequencing to identify precise steps in molecular evolution of S. pneumoniae

Scientists use full genome sequencing to identify precise steps in molecular evolution of S. pneumoniae

Bill Gates, crown prince of Abu Dhabi announce $100m pledge for vaccines for Afghan, Pakistani children

Bill Gates, crown prince of Abu Dhabi announce $100m pledge for vaccines for Afghan, Pakistani children

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grants $1.5million to Liverpool University for bacterial study

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grants $1.5million to Liverpool University for bacterial study

Pfizer seeks FDA and EMA approval for expanded use of Prevnar 13 for pneumococcal disease

Pfizer seeks FDA and EMA approval for expanded use of Prevnar 13 for pneumococcal disease

GAVI Alliance launches pneumonia vaccine project in Nicaragua

GAVI Alliance launches pneumonia vaccine project in Nicaragua

Prevenar 13 launched in first childhood immunization program for PD in Nicaragua

Prevenar 13 launched in first childhood immunization program for PD in Nicaragua

Financial Times contrasts 'bottom up' and 'top down' approaches to developing country drugs

Financial Times contrasts 'bottom up' and 'top down' approaches to developing country drugs

Booster dose needed to protect preterm infants against invasive pneumococcal disease

Booster dose needed to protect preterm infants against invasive pneumococcal disease

Looking back and moving forward: 100 years of Pneumococcal vaccination

Looking back and moving forward: 100 years of Pneumococcal vaccination

Pneumonia Report Card shows prevention, treatment tools not widely adopted in countries where disease kills most children

Pneumonia Report Card shows prevention, treatment tools not widely adopted in countries where disease kills most children

Discovery on immune system paves way to new vaccine against pneumococcal disease

Discovery on immune system paves way to new vaccine against pneumococcal disease

CDC issues new universal influenza vaccination recommendation for all Americans

CDC issues new universal influenza vaccination recommendation for all Americans

U.N. Secretary-General urges funding for GAVI during replenishment meeting

U.N. Secretary-General urges funding for GAVI during replenishment meeting

Outbreak of whooping cough mirrors challenges in developing world, global health official says

Outbreak of whooping cough mirrors challenges in developing world, global health official says

Immunization is critical to reduce child deaths

Immunization is critical to reduce child deaths

Secretary-General opens U.N. summit on MDGS with appeal for world leaders to maintain target commitments

Secretary-General opens U.N. summit on MDGS with appeal for world leaders to maintain target commitments