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Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal:
doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000000146
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Risk Factors for Pneumococcal Carriage in Day Care Centers: A Retrospective Study During a 10-year Period

Ahl, Jonas MD, PhD*; Melander, Eva MD, PhD†‡; Odenholt, Inga MD* - Professor; Tvetman, Lisa MD*; Thörnblad, Tora MD*; Riesbeck, Kristian MD - Professor; Ringberg, Håkan MD§

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Abstract

In this retrospective epidemiologic study, we present pneumococcal carriage data from 109 Swedish day care centers over a period of 10 years. Aspects of season, age, personnel and group size were studied. We found a significant seasonal variation in pneumococcal carriage. Group size was a significant risk factor for pneumococcal carriage. Pneumococcal carriage was 4.5 % in personnel.

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