Robert Austrian, MD
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To the Editor: Sims and colleagues made the following statement in their article on pneumococcal vaccine (1):
Studies of sufficient statistical power have consistently shown the efficacy of the vaccine in reducing pneumococcal bacteremias (...). In contrast, studies of sufficient power have failed to show the efficacy of the vaccine in reducing putative pneumococcal infection (nonbacteremic pneumonias).
In fact, pneumococcal vaccine has been shown unequivocally to prevent nonbacteremic pneumonia caused putatively by the pneumococcal types represented in it.
The initial impetus for the development of pneumococcal vaccines early in this century was the prevention of epidemic pneumonia in the gold
Austrian R. Correction: Pneumococcal Vaccine and Pneumococcal Pneumonia. Ann Intern Med. 1988;109:762–763. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-109-9-762
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1988;109(9):762-763.
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