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A Conducted Meeting to Discuss Prevention Strategies for Pneumococcal Disease

A meeting of 30 physicians from different medical areas of expertise including 14-6-2010-2pediatrics, immunology, preventive medicine, public health and pediatric infectious disease management came together for the 2nd Gulf Vaccination Expertise Board Meeting. The physicians, from several Gulf countries including the UAE, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman, Yemen and Kuwait, met to discuss the different strategies for the prevention of Invasive Pneumococcal Disease in children and infants.

Pneumococcal disease is the leading vaccine-preventable cause of death in infants and children younger than 5 years of age worldwide, According to the World Health Organization (WHO). One type of disease is Invasive Pneumococcal Disease (IPD), in which S. pneumonia enters the blood or another normally sterile site. They discussed the use of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccines (PCV), which is available since 2000, in the protection of children and infants against pneumococcal disease.  Prevention of pneumococcal infection in all ages is a more effective approach to reducing the burden of pneumococcal disease than any treatment option. According to a global survey included more than 5,000 parents found that 55 % of parents have low to no awareness of pneumococcal disease; however, once provided with additional information about pneumococcal disease, 97% of parents expressed their desire to vaccinate their child if an effective and safe vaccine was available.

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