Pneumonia and the PCV Vaccine Term Paper by Carly Evans

An overview of the vaccine developed to combat the pervasiveness of pneumonia around the world.
# 149874 | 1,126 words | 3 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published by on Jan 05, 2012 in Medical and Health (Public Health Issues)

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This paper looks at the pervasiveness of pneumonia around the world and the moves taken to counteract this deadly disease. It also looks at recent controversies over Pneumococcal vaccines (PCVs) developed to lower occurrences of pneumonia world-wide, including pricing and marketing by pharmaceuticals and suspected serious side effects to the drugs.

Causes & Transmission of Infection
Pneumococcal Vaccination
Side Effects of PCVs
Controversy surrounding PCVs
Marketing & Pricing Controversies

From the Paper:

"The marketing of PCVs manufactured by pharmaceutical giant Wyeth (a subsidiary of Pfizer) in Poland and Saudi Arabia also sparked controversy in recent years. Graphic television advertisements for the drug showed a dying child and were deemed extremely graphic by many; Poland's pharmaceutical inspector Zofia Ulz banned the ad, suggesting that Wyeth was using extreme images to invoke fear in the populace and drive up sales of their offering. Wyeth responded that the imagery was merely intended to raise awareness in people of how dangerous pneumonia can be to young children. Wyeth has also been implicated in a price scandal and is claimed to have demonstrated a conflict of interest in their price evaluation of the drug. Vaccine prices around the world are very high and often defined by a few, multinational pharmaceuticals. This makes the dissemination of these critical vaccines cost-prohibitive for the patients who need the vaccines most, such as underprivileged children in impoverished nations who are already suffering from secondary diagnoses that can directly affect their chances of survival if they do get pneumonia. Organizations like the World Health Organization and the Gates Foundation are making attempts to make these expensive drugs more accessible to children in countries around the world, bypassing the corporate market and widening dissemination of these life-saving drugs. (Foundation)"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Control, C. f. (n.d.). Pneumococcal Disease - In Short. Retrieved 12 27, 2011, from Center for Disease Control:
  • Foundation, B. . (n.d.). Pneumonia - Strategy Overview. Retrieved 12 27, 2011, from
  • WHO. (n.d.). Media Centre - Pneumonia Fact Sheet. Retrieved 12 27, 2011, from World Health Organization:

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