Pediatric Pneumococcal Serotypes in 4 European Countries
Germaine Hanquet1 , Esther Kissling, Asuncion Fenoll, Robert C. George, Agnes Lepoutre, Tinne Lernout, David Tarragó, Emmanuelle Varon, and Jan Verhaegen
Author affiliations: Author affiliations: Scientific Institute of Public Health, Brussels, Belgium (G. Hanquet, E. Kissling, T. Lernout); Belgian Knowledge Centre, Brussels (G. Hanquet); Instituto de Salud Carlos III, Madrid, Spain (A. Fenoll, D. Tarragó,); Health Protection Agency, London, UK (R. George); Institut de Veille Sanitaire, Saint Maurice, France (A. Lepoutre); Hôpital Européen G. Pompidou, Paris, France (E. Varon); Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Pneumococcus Reference Laboratory, Leuven, Belgium (J. Verhaegen)
Figure 1. Incidence of pediatric invasive pneumococcal disease among children <5 years of age, by heptavalent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV7) (black lines) and non-PCV7 (red lines) serotypes, for A) Spain, B) Belgium, C) England and Wales, and D) France, 1996–2006. Estimated vaccine coverage is the annual number of PCV7 schedules per 100 children <2 years of age, assuming an average of 3 doses administered to each child. Vaccine coverage is not visible for England and Wales because it remains <1%.
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