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Vaccines Show Multiple Positive Effects with Respect to Respiratory Health

Presented By
Dr Rosario Menéndez, University Hospital La Fe, Spain
Conference
ERS 2019

Vaccines show both direct and indirect positive effects and are particularly important to prevent respiratory diseases.

Population protection by vaccination against infections has been one of the major achievements of public health and is of considerable importance in controlling respiratory disease. “Vaccines are able to protect patients against infections and reduce the number of episodes and complications in particular in patients at risk,” said Dr Rosario Menéndez (University Hospital La Fe, Spain) [1].

Globally, lower respiratory tract infections are the fourth most common cause of death [2]. In Europe, the annual incidence of community-acquired pneumonia has been estimated at 1.07-1.2 cases per 1,000 persons per year. However, in people ≥65 years, this incidence increases to 14 cases per 1,000 person per year [3]. A systematic review and meta-analysis published this year revealed that the burden of pneumonia requiring hospitalisation among old...



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