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Correspondence
Vaccinating welders against pneumonia
  1. Keith T Palmer1,
  2. Martin Cosgrove2
  1. 1MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK
  2. 2Granta Park, Great Abington, TWI, Cambridge, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Keith T Palmer, MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton, Southampton SO16 6YD, UK; ktp{at}mrc.soton.ac.uk

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Recently, the Department of Health in England (DH) recommended that welders should each receive a single dose of the 23-valent pneumococcal vaccine (PPV23).1 Although this advice arises in the context of occupational health and safety practice in the UK, we believe that readers internationally with responsibility for the health of welders may be interested to learn of this development.

The evidence behind the advice of the DH has accumulated steadily over the last 2 decades and now rests on several pillars. …

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