In December 2008, a new pneumococcal vaccine (PCV-10) was licensed in Canada. An older vaccine (PCV-7) is used in Québec for the routine vaccination of children. The ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec (Ministry of Health and Social Services (MSSS)) asked the Comité d'immunisation du Québec (Québec Immunization Committee (CIQ)) to rapidly give an opinion on the pertinence of this vaccine and answer the three following questions:
- Can the old and the new vaccines be considered of equivalent value in preventing invasive infections caused by the seven streptococcus pneumoniae serotypes?
- Can they be considered interchangeable in terms of primary vaccination?
- Is one or the other of the vaccines deemed to have enough...