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What is pneumococcal pneumonia? Can pneumococcal conjugate vaccines help answer the question? By Ron Dagan
It is well accepted that acute lower respiratory tract infection (LRI) is the leading cause of death in children in developing countries, and the most common cause of hospital visits in young children in the developed world. However, no appropriate clinical definition exists as to what is pneumonia and how to distinguish it from other LRIs. Without such “gold standard” we were unable to predict the potential impact of pneumococcal conjugate vaccines (PCVs) before their implementation.