pneumococcal :

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  • a  of or derived from or caused by bacteria of the genus pneumococcus

  • Only 3% to 18% could name each of the others, which include pneumococcal disease; hepatitis A; hepatits B; tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis; meningococcal disease; and shingles.
  • Every year 20,000 or more Americans over the age of 50 die of pneumococcal pneumonia.
  • By its culmination in 1962, Austrian had persuaded the medical community of the continued need for a pneumococcal vaccine; his was licensed in 1977.
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  • Bono in USA Today
    It just shows what's possible when you match leadership with funding,Bono said. "What's the next disease? Pneumococcal? Rotovirus?"
  • Liam Donaldson in Times Online
    Pneumococcal infection can cause very serious illness such as meningitis and pneumonia, as well as being one of the most common bacterial causes of ear infections,said Sir Liam. "The under 2s are a particular risk group. The new vaccine...
  • Bill Gates in
    We have a vaccine that has dramatically reduced the total burden of pneumococcal disease. It targets 7 strains of the bacteria that were responsible for 90 percent of cases of severe pnuemococcal infection. While that is good news, we still need to... Jack Klugman Science Daily (press release) Jun 3, 2008 75475 101847 pneumococcus With the progress on these vaccines," Gates said, "GAVI will add a focus on two vaccines that are already being used in rich countries: one for rotavirus, which causes diarrhea, and another for pneumococcus, which causes pneumonia....

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