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Pneumonia vaccine said to reduce US hospitalizations

The seven-strain pneumonia vaccine used in the U.S. beginning in 2000 has prevented 168,000 hospitalizations for the disease each year since, and its effectiveness showed no signs of waning, a new study concludes.The biggest benefit, by far, was seen among people age 85 and older, for whom the so-called 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, marketed as Prevnar, prevented 73,000 hospitalizations annually.Children under two years old were also major beneficiaries - an estimated 47,000 pneumonia hospitalizations were prevented per year - a reduction of 43 percent compared to before the vaccine was available, according to the findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine."This is only the hospitalizations," lead author Dr. Marie Griffin of Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, told Reuters Health. "This is only one piece of what this vaccine is doing. It's also preventing ear infections and outpatient visits. It's really an amazing vaccine."She and he...

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