"This is a pretty significant finding, especially the large impacts the vaccine has on serotypes it covers," he said. "And within the serotypes that were covered, the efficacy was up to about 90 percent," referring to certain groups that showed the incidence of pneumococcal meningitis decreasing by almost 93 percent. That's amazing."
For more on pneumococcal vaccination, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
SOURCES: Nancy Bennett, M.D., professor, medicine, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, N.Y.; Jeffrey Cirillo, Ph.D., associate professor, microbial and molecular pathogenesis, Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, College Station, Texas; Jan. 15, 2009, New England Journal of Medicine