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Pneumococcal respiratory disease and vaccines 

Pneumococcal respiratory disease and vaccines
Pneumococcal respiratory disease and vaccines
Acute Respiratory Infections (Oxford Respiratory Medicine Library)

Thomas Bewick

and Wei Shen Lim


Streptococcus pneumoniae is the predominant bacterial pathogen implicated in all lower respiratory tract infections

The organism's pathogenicity is to a large extent due to its polysaccharide capsule, which also enables classification into different serotypes/serogroups

Risk factors associated with pneumococcal pneumonia include HIV infection, defects in humoral immunity, asplenia, diabetes mellitus, cancer, high alcohol intake, smoking and the extremes of age...

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