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Nurse Pract. 2001 May;26(5):52, 55-6, 59-62.

A new conjugate vaccine against pneumococcal disease.

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  • 1Holy Rosary Medical Center, Ontario, Ore., USA.


Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality, particularly among infants and children. Pneumococcal 7-valent conjugate vaccine (PNCRM7) is the first conjugate vaccine known to prevent most invasive pneumococcal disease in infants and children. PNCRM7, which has a favorable safety profile, provides protection against invasive disease caused by antibiotic-resistant strains of S. pneumoniae, and the vaccine has demonstrated a significant impact on otitis media recurrence. Routine immunization with this vaccine should substantially reduce morbidity and mortality and improve the quality of life for infants, children, and their families.

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