Prediction of serotypes causing invasive pneumococcal disease in unvaccinated and vaccinated populations.
INTRODUCTION: Before the introduction of the heptavalent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (Prevnar-7), the relative prevalence of serotypes of Streptococcus pneumoniae was fairly stable worldwide. We sought to develop a statistical tool to predict the relative frequency of different serotypes among disease isolates in the pre- and post-Prevnar-7 eras using the limited amount of data that is widely available. METHODS: We initially used pre-Prevnar-7 carriage prevalence and estimates of invasiven...Expand abstract
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