Commentary & Opinion
HIV-Positive Children in Developing Countries Need Access to Pneumococcal Vaccines, Opinion Piece Says
December 13, 2007
HIV-positive children in developing countries need access to vaccines that can protect against "largely preventable" pneumococcal infections, Orin Levine, executive director of the GAVI Alliance's PneumoADIP program, and Paul Zeitz, executive director of the Global AIDS Alliance, write in a Philadelphia Inquirer opinion piece. According to Levine and Zeitz, the bacterium pneumococcus, which is the leading cause of pneumonia, kills 1.6 million people annually, most of whom are children living in Africa and Asia. Children living with HIV/AIDS are up to 40 times more vulnerable than other children to serious pneumococcal infections, such as pneumonia and meningitis, the authors write, adding that HIV-positive children are far more likely to die from pneumococcal disease, especially when they do not have access to appropriate antiretroviral drugs.
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