Understanding Pneumococcal Carriage and Disease 2017-2020

Welcome to the ‘nose swab’ study

This study will help us better understand pneumococcal carriage and disease.

To find out more about pneumococcal disease please visit the vaccine knowledge website. (http://vk.ovg.ox.ac.uk/pneumococcal-disease)

If you are interested in this study, the full information booklet is available HERE

If you would like to register to participate, you can:

  • complete some questions online to see if your child is eligible and to book in to the study
  • or arrange for us to phone at a convenient time for you to discuss eligibility and book your child in to the study

A brief summary of the study:

The Oxford Vaccine Group is currently inviting healthy children aged 6-12 months to take part in a swabbing study to look at how much pneumococcal bacteria is carried in the nose. We wish to get a better understanding of the how the pneumococcal vaccine affects nasal carriage in children who have been vaccinated.

The study consists of one visit, during which your child would have a single nasal swab collected and the option to provide a finger or heel-prick blood sample (only for the first 632 participants who volunteer for it). All study visits would be conducted at a central location within the Thames Valley and at a time convenient to you. Participation in the study is voluntary and your child may withdraw from the study at any time.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of the study please contact us on:

Tel: 01865 611400 or

Email: info@ovg.ox.ac.uk.