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Pneumonia Vaccine Protects HIV Patients

A vaccine for pneumonia and meningitis has been found to be effective in offering protection against re–infection in HIV–infected adults, according to a new study.

Researchers at a Malawi–Liverpool–Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme, University of Malawi College of Medicine in Blantyre, Malawi, studied the efficacy of a vaccine against infection with the Streptococcus pneumoniae bacteria, which causes invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD).

HIV–infected adults, particularly in sub–Saharan Africa, live in an increased risk of developing IPD. Experts tested the efficacy of Prevnar, a pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV) developed by pharmaceutical company Wyeth, on almost five hundred predominantly HIV–infected adults who recovered from IPD after being admitted to the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre.

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Source :Times of India

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