Figure 1.

Timing of PCV introduction and hepatitis B policy periods. "Pre-PCV" and "Post-PCV" describe the timing of the exposure birth cohorts. The "pre-PCV" cohort includes children born prior to introduction of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (date of birth between October 1996 – January 2000) while the "post-PCV" cohort includes children born after introduction of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine to the end of the study period (date of birth between February – November 2000). "HB delay" refers to children born during the temporary hepatitis B birth dose suspension (July – September 1999). "HB carryover" refers to children born after reinstatement of hepatitis B birth vaccination recommendations and before introduction of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (October 1999 – January 2000). "PCV adoption" represents the first five months following introduction of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine and the period of initial uptake of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine in the four study sites (date of birth between February – June 2000). "PCV routine" represents the five-month period after adoption of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine had occurred (date of birth between July – November 2000).

Lin et al. BMC Pediatrics 2005 5:43   doi:10.1186/1471-2431-5-43
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