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Pneumococcal and influenza vaccines: a survey of knowledge and practice among UK paediatricians
  1. M O Ogundele,
  2. O M Aszkenasy
  1. Department of Community Child Health, South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust, Middlesbrough, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr M O Ogundele
    40 Redruth Road, Liverpool L11 6NA, UK; m.ogundele{at}nhs.net

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Since January 2002 the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) in the UK has issued newsletters recommending limited use of the heptavalent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) in children under 2 years old considered to be at high risk of pneumococcal infection.1 In September 2006, the PCV was incorporated into the universal national immunisation schedule in the UK.2

A survey of paediatricians in the North East of England was conducted to determine their knowledge and practice in respect of the CMO’s recommendations. Fifty paediatricians working in 10 district general hospitals …

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