Paediatric Carriage Study
The Prevenar vaccine was introduced into the routine childhood vaccination programme in 2006. Prevenar protects us against bacteria called Streptococcus pneumoniae (S. pneumoniae), otherwise known as the pneumococcus. Over time, the type of S. pneumoniae carried in children have changed so now the Prevenar vaccine may become less effective. This study aims to track and understand these changes as they happen. We would like to check the types and number of S. pneumoniae and other related bacteria in the back of the nose of children.
Who can be involved?
- Any child aged 4 and under
What happens to people taking part in this research?
Participating in the study will involve a nurse or doctor taking a swab of the back of the nose (nasopharynx). This swab is very small and has a fine flexible end. A further swab will then be taken from the front of the nose. You will then be asked to complete a brief questionnaire.