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CSU 18/2008: HIB VACCINATION IN UGANDA

Tuesday, 29th of April 2008 Print

CSU 18/2008: HIB VACCINATION IN UGANDA
 

 Writing in the April 2008 Bulletin of the W.H.O., Rosamund Lewis and
 colleagues document Hib vaccination in Uganda. Full text is at
 http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/86/4/07-045336/en/index.html
 
 Their findings: “Hib meningitis incidence dropped from 88 cases per 100 000
 children aged < 5 years in the year before vaccine introduction to 13
 within 4 years, and to near zero in the fifth year. Vaccine effectiveness
 for 2 or more doses was 93% (95% confidence interval, CI: 69–99) against
 confirmed Hib meningitis and 53% (95% CI: 11–68) against purulent
 meningitis of unknown cause. In Uganda, Hib vaccine prevents an estimated
 28 000 cases of pneumonia and meningitis, 5000 deaths and 1000 severe
 meningitis sequelae each year.” (R. Lewis et al., "Action for child
 survival: elimination of Haemophilus influenzae type b meningitis in
 Uganda," BWHO, April 2008, 86:4)
 

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