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Pneumococcal vaccine reduces ear infections, pneumonia, new study shows

Data first to find protection for all pneumococcal-related illnesses
VANDERBILT The pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, which has been routinely given to young children since 2000, reduces the incidence of middle ear infection and pneumonia, a new study shows.
"This highlights that the vaccine significantly decreases illnesses in children and reinforces its importance in our public health efforts," said Dr. Kathy Poehling, assistant professor of Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville.

The study appears in the September issue of the journal "Pediatrics."

Article form EurekAlert