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Adult pneumococcal immunization - white paper

By Medisys on October 02 2015 | Dr. Vivien Brown

Only 16.7% of Canadian adults (18 to 64 years of age) with chronic medical conditions are immunized against Streptococcus pneumoniae. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization has recently updated its guidelines about adults who qualify for immunization.

The burden of disease in Canada from pneumococcal disease is increasing dramatically. Approximately 1500 Canadian adults die each year from the infection.1 Typically, the disease presents as pneumonia, advancing to sepsis as the main cause of death.