Special Issue "Pneumococcal Vaccine in the 21st Century"


A special issue of Vaccines (ISSN 2076-393X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Stanley S. Tai

Department of Microbiology, College of Medicine, Howard University, 520 “W” Street, NW, Washington, DC 20059, USA
Phone: +1 202 806 4677
Fax: +1 202 667 9589
Interests: pneumococcal vaccine; respiratory bacterial pathogens; bacterial pathogenesis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Streptococcus pneumoniae infection is one of the leading infectious diseases with great morbidity and mortality worldwide, especially in the elderly and young children. The United States Food and Drug Administration has licensed a 7-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine Prevnar 7® in 2000 for use in young children. It reduces the incidence rate of invasive pneumococcal disease and acute otitis media significantly in immunized children and, via herd immunity, in adults. However, its use is limited by the variations in prevalent serotypes among different geographic areas and the increase of non-vaccine type pneumococcal infection after use. To broaden the protection, Prevnar 13® was licensed in 2010. This special issue will cover, but not limit to, the following areas: 1) the impact of Prevnar 13® on the incidence rate of pneumococcal disease in vaccinated and non-vaccinated populations, and the serotype distribution and antibiotic susceptibility of S. pneumoniae isolated from patients and healthy populations, 2) the development of new polysaccharide-based vaccines for the countries that cannot be effectively protected by Prevnar 13®, and 3) the advances in polysaccharide-independent pneumococcal vaccines, such as pneumococcal protein antigens, whole cell vaccines, and recombinant bacteria carrying pneumococcal antigens. The book will be a mix of original research, review articles and commentaries that are focused on the effectiveness of current vaccine and the development of future pneumococcal vaccines.

Dr. Stanley S. Tai
Guest Editor


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  • streptococcus pneumoniae
  • pneumococcal vaccine
  • pneumococcal conjugate vaccine
  • pneumococcoal invasive disease
  • pneumococcal protein antigen
  • post-immunization
  • prevnar 7
  • prevnar 13
  • streptococcus pneumoniae serotype distribution
  • streptococcus pneumoniae antibiotic susceptibility

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Vaccines 2014, 2(1), 112-128; doi:10.3390/vaccines2010112
Received: 2 December 2013 / Revised: 18 January 2014 / Accepted: 6 February 2014 / Published: 14 February 2014
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Vaccines 2014, 2(1), 49-88; doi:10.3390/vaccines2010049
Received: 11 October 2013 / Revised: 9 November 2013 / Accepted: 27 December 2013 / Published: 7 January 2014
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