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Pneumococcal vaccine reduces US hospital admissions
  1. Robert Scott-Jupp
  1. Correspondence to Dr Robert Scott-Jupp, Salisbury District Hospital, Salisbury SP2 8BJ, UK; scottjupp{at}

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The US was ahead of the UK in universal immunisation against invasive pneumococcal disease, with the introduction of the 7-valent vaccine (PCV-7) in 2000. The UK followed in 2006. On both sides of the Atlantic, there were early concerns about a perceived increase in serious complications, particularly empyema, against expectations. As reported in Archives,1 most of these …

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