Infectious Disease Clinics of North America volume 18, issue 4, P899-917 2004 DOI: 10.1016/j.idc.2004.07.008 View full text
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Cynthia G. Whitney, Scott A. Harper

Abstract: In summary, vaccines are available to prevent two of the most common and most deadly causes of lower respiratory tract infections: pneumococcal disease and influenza. Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine prevents pneumococcal bacteremia; influenza vaccines prevent influenza as well as several complications of influenza. Despite all that is known about how well these vaccines work, influenza and pneumococcal vaccines are underused markedly, especially among some minority groups that are affected dis-proportionat…

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