Accession Number : ADA408879


Title :   Pneumococcal Vaccine to Counter Emerging Infectious Disease Threat in the Military


Corporate Author : NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA


Personal Author(s) : Ryan, Margaret A ; McKeehan, Jamie A ; Gray, Gregory C


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a408879.pdf


Report Date : Dec 2001


Pagination or Media Count : 6


Abstract : Diseases caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) are associated with tremendous morbidity and mortality worldwide, and they are a special threat to the health and readiness of the US military. A vaccine to prevent pneumococcal disease has been available for nearly 25 years. Vaccination has been strongly recommended for the elderly, and recently, for very young children, yet its utility in young adults has not been well examined. Due to recent outbreaks of pneumococcal disease and the emergence of increased antibiotic resistance, a large clinical trial of pneumococcal vaccine among young adults enlisting in the US military is currently being conducted by the Naval Health Research Center, San Diego, in collaboration with public health, academic, and military institutions. The study will better define the burden of pneumococcal disease in US military populations, and the value of vaccination in protecting healthy young adults.


Descriptors :   *INFECTIOUS DISEASES , *VACCINES , PUBLIC HEALTH , IMMUNIZATION , STREPTOCOCCUS , ANTIBIOTICS , RESISTANCE(BIOLOGY) , PNEUMONIA , DIPLOCOCCUS , DIPLOCOCCUS PNEUMONIAE


Subject Categories : Medicine and Medical Research
      Microbiology
      Pharmacology


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE