Vaccine cuts pneumonia cases in children by a quarter

1 April 2019

The introduction of a vaccine against childhood pneumonia has cut new cases of the disease in a Kenyan county by 27 per cent, a study says. Pneumonia accounts for 18 per cent of all deaths of children under five years old worldwide each year, with children in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia succumbing to the disease the most, according to the WHO. The study published in the March issue of the Lancet Global Health adds that Kenya introduced a vaccine called PCV10 against pneumonia in January 2011.The KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kenya conducted the study in Kenya’s Kilifi County in partnership with other institutions. Read more

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