Community-acquired pneumonia in adults: Highlighting missed opportunities for vaccination

Published: 15 October 2016
Author(s): Francesco Blasi, Murat Akova, Paolo Bonanni, Nathalie Dartois, Evelyne Sauty, Chris Webber, Antoni Torres
Issue: October 2016
Section: Narrative Review

Pneumococcal pneumonia remains a clear unmet medical need for adults worldwide. Despite advances in vaccine technology, vaccination coverage remains low, putting many people at risk of significant morbidity and mortality. The herd effect seen with paediatric vaccination is not enough to protect all older and vulnerable people in the community, and more needs to be done to increase the uptake of pneumococcal vaccination in adults. Several key groups are at increased risk of contracting pneumococcal pneumonia, and eligible patients are being missed in clinical practice.