Invasive pneumococcal disease a decade after pneumococcal conjugate vaccine use in an American Indian population at high risk for disease

Robert Weatherholtz, Eugene V Millar, Lawrence H Moulton, Raymond Reid, Karen Rudolph, Mathuram Santosham, Katherine L O'Brien
Clinical Infectious Diseases 2010 May 1, 50 (9): 1238-46

BACKGROUND: Before 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV7) introduction, invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) rates among Navajo were several-fold those of the general US population. Only 50% of IPD cases in children involved PCV7 serotypes.

METHODS: We conducted active, population-based surveillance for IPD for the period 1995-2006. We documented case characteristics and serotyped the isolates.

RESULTS: Over 12-year period, we identified 1508 IPD cases, 447 of which occurred in children aged <5 years. Rates of IPD due to vaccine serotypes among children aged <1 year, 1 to <2 years, and 2 to <5 years decreased from 210, 263, and 51 cases per 100,000 population, respectively in 1995-1997 to 0 cases in 2004-2006 (P < .001). Among adults aged > or =65 years, rates of IPD due to vaccine serotypes decreased 81% (95% confidence interval, -98% to -9%; P = .02). Rates of nonvaccine serotype IPD were unchanged in all age strata except for persons aged 18 to <40 years, among whom the rate decreased by 35% from 27 to 18 cases per 100,000 population (95% confidence interval, -57% to -1%; P = .03).

CONCLUSIONS: Vaccine-serotype IPD has virtually been eliminated in the PCV7 era among Navajo of all ages. Overall rates of nonvaccine-serotype IPD have not increased, although increases have occurred for some individual types. Rates of all-serotype IPD among Navajo children remain 3-5-fold greater than in the general US population.

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