An article from the "Canada Communicable Disease Report" (CCDR) Volume 34 • ACS-5, September 2008. As a result of outbreaks of invasive pneumococcal disease (IPD) among non-elderly adults with a history of homelessness and/ or illicit drug use in urban centres in western Canada during 2006-2007, the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) reviewed the options for expanding the risk groups for which 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPV-23) is recommended. The recommendations in this statement deal specifically with these groups and present the available data on their risk of IPD. As well, there is a brief discussion of the delivery of vaccine programs to these populations. Source: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/publicat/ccdr-rmtc/08vol34/acs-5/index-eng.php

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