Kirkland, QC – April 26, 2011 – The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recently issued a recommendation on the use of Prevnar 13 [Pneumococcal 13-valent Conjugate Vaccine (Diphtheria CRM197 Protein)] as the product of choice for the routine infant immunization schedulei in an update on the use of childhood conjugate pneumococcal vaccines. The Grade A Recommendation from NACIii was followed by implementation of publicly funded programs for the vaccine in Ontario and Quebec, rounding out complete Canadian provincial and territorial coverage.
Health Canada approved Prevnar 13 for children aged six weeks through five years for active immunization against Streptococcus pneumoniae serotypes 1, 3, 4, 5, 6A, 6B, 7F, 9V, 14, 18C, 19A, 19F and 23F, causing invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) in December 2009. IPD is a bacterial infection that can include meningitis, sepsis, bacteremic pneumonia, pleural empyema and bacteremia.iii
Prevnar 13 includes the seven serotypes found in Prevnar (4, 6B, 9V, 14, 18C, 19F and 23F) as well as six additional serotypes (1, 3, 5, 6A, 7F and 19A).
ABOUT PNEUMOCOCCAL DISEASE
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), pneumococcal disease is the leading cause of vaccine-preventable death worldwide in children younger than five years and is estimated to cause up to one million deaths in children each year.iv
Pneumococcal disease describes a group of illnesses caused by the bacterium Streptococcus pneumoniae.v Pneumococcal disease includes invasive infections such as bacteremia, sepsis and meningitis, as well as pneumonia and acute otitis media.vi
ABOUT PREVNAR [Pneumococcal 13-valent Conjugate Vaccine (Diphtheria CRM197 Protein)]
Prevnar 13 has been approved for use in infants and young children in more than 70 countries, including Canada. Prevnar (7-valent) was first approved in Canada in 2001.
More than 350 million doses of Pfizer’s pneumococcal conjugate vaccines have been distributed worldwide, including approximately nine million doses in Canada.
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For more information please contact:
i Canadian Communicable Diseases Report – November 2010, Volume 36: ACS 12, National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI). Update on the Use of Conjugate Pneumococcal Vaccines in Childhood.
ii Canadian Communicable Diseases Report – November 2010, Volume 36: ACS 12, National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI). Update on the Use of Conjugate Pneumococcal Vaccines in Childhood.
iii Prevnar 13 Canadian Product Monograph
iv WHO/2007/94/ C/7-10
v CDC Pink Book /2008/Chapter 15/218/F and 219/M
vi Canadian Coalition for Immunization and Awareness - http://www.immunize.cpha.ca/en/diseases-vaccines/pneumococcal.aspx
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