ANCHOR LEAD: WHEN CERTAIN INFECTIONS ARE PROTECTED AGAINST WITH A VACCINE, OTHERS MAY TAKE THEIR PLACE, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Immunizations against a bacteria known as pneumococcus are routinely given in childhood and confer good protection, but now new strains of the bug are emerging and causing serious illness in some groups of children. Maria Trent, a pediatrician at Johns Hopkins, says the take home message is clear.
TTRENT: This really shows that the technology in the area of vaccine research has to continue to evolve, and we’ve seen an emergence of disease in other areas and so we have to invest in research, we have to embrace new vaccines, as well as keep up to date on the vaccines, so when there is a new indication for a vaccine booster, or when there’s been a change in vaccines and the CDC really does recommend boosters or updates for individuals that we engage in those so that we can protect the overall health of the entire community. :31
Trent says parents must be especially vigilant about boosters for teenagers. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.