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Pneumococcal Pneumonia

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NIAID supports research on more effective prevention and treatment approaches to control pneumonia and its causes including

  • Developing and testing vaccines and treatments for the disease-causing microbes that cause pneumonia
  • Stimulating research on the structure and function of these microbes
  • Developing better and more rapid¬†tools to diagnose pneumonia¬†
  • Understanding the long-term health impact respiratory pathogens (germs) have in various populations
  • Examining the effect of vaccines in high-risk populations
  • Determining how pneumococcus causes disease and becomes resistant to antibiotics

NIAID research has made important contributions to developing the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine for children. This vaccine helps prevent pneumococcal diseases in babies and toddlers and is the latest advance in developing vaccines against common bacterial infections.

Last Updated February 16, 2011