New Initiative Brings Respiratory Disease Vaccine to Burundi Immunization Campaign

Burundi is scaling up its campaign against vaccine-preventable respiratory diseases with the help of a new U.N.-backed initiative to include pneumonia and similar diseases in the list of targets for regular national childhood vaccination drives in developing countries.

The African country’s childhood immunization campaign now includes the pneumococcal vaccine, which helps prevent infections such as pneumococcus-based pneumonia.

A global initiative to include this vaccine in more national immunization campaigns, which traditionally include vaccines against tuberculosis, polio and measles, among others, is being pushed by the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, according to a U.N. news release.

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