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Article No.1 - Vol.28, No.3 - September 2009

The Regional Vaccine System (SIREVA): a Program with Multiple Implications

Introduction

   There was very limited epidemiological data on the prevalence of invasive serotypes of Streptococcus pneumoniae in Latin America in the early 1990s. Several studies indicated that pneumococcus was the principal causative agent of childhood pneumonia, but the resources for diagnosis were limited. Acquisition of epidemiological information was important for the development of a pneumococcal conjugate vaccine for the different countries of the Region.

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