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Effectiveness of influenza and pneumococcal vaccination against hospitalisation for community-acquired pneumonia among persons >=65 years

by Skull, Susan

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Although there are well-documented benefits from influenza vaccine and 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (23vPPV) against invasive pneumococcal disease and laboratory confirmed influenza, their effectiveness against pneumonia remains controversial for community-based persons aged >=65years. At the time of this research, within Australia, only the government of Victoria publicly funded these vaccines for elderly persons. With continued growth of the elderly population, the subsequent adoption of an Australia-wide program, and increasing uptake of similar programs in other countries, there is a need for data clarifying the impact of vaccination on pneumonia. This research estimates incremental vaccine effectiveness of 23vPPV over and above influenza vaccine against hospitalisation with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) in the elderly.
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Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:vaccine effectiveness elderly influenza pneumococcal pneumonia

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Date of Publication:01/01/2007

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