Whitney, M.D., M.P.H., Nancy Electronic. Messonnier, M.D., Elizabeth R. Zell, M.Stat., Ruth Lynfield, M.D., James L. Hadler, M.D., M.P.H., Lee H. Harrison, M.D., Monica M. Farley, M.D., Arthur Reingold, M.D., Nancy M. Bennett, M.D., Allen S. Craig, M.D., William Schaffner, M.D., Ann Thomas, M.D., Melissa M. Lewis, M.P.H., Elaine Scallan, Ph.D., and Anne Schuchat, M.D.1-4 Between 1986 and 1995, the incidence of bacterial meningitis from these five pathogens declined by 55 percent, largely owing to the use of the H. Influenzae type b conjugate vaccine for infants, that was introduced in the usa in 1990.5 Since then, additional interventions to prevent invasive disease from these pathogens have already been introduced6-8 ., other groups should simultaneously improve health systems to allow vaccines to really have the strongest possible impact, she concludes . This article was reprinted from kaiserhealthnews.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family members Foundation. Kaiser Health Information, an editorially independent information service, is an application of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan healthcare policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente.

2 Indonesian Children Die Of Bird Flu Two children from the same family died from bird flu, the World Health Company has confirmed, bringing Indonesia’s toll from the virus to 14, sunday the government said. The children’s father and one of their sisters are also in medical center with symptoms of bird flu, but exams on bloodstream and swab samples from them have not been finished at the WHO-sanctioned lab in Hong Kong, stated Health Ministry recognized Hariadi Wibisono.