• Health Appointments

    According to Dr. Harpreet Nagra, a PeaceHealth Medical Group pediatrician says, “While there are reports of parents avoiding taking their children to the doctor during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s essential to keep up with well-child visits and immunizations”. The need to monitor development is essential at this age to allow for early referral to support […]

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  • Mandatory booster vaccine

    Kelly Haight, communications manager at NCDHHS states, “This requirement has been in the works since May 2014, when the North Carolina for Public Health approved an immunization schedule”. Gov. Roy Cooper declared July as “Adolescent Immunization Awareness Month” to “bolster efforts to better protect our youth from the dangerous and often deadly disease meningitis” and […]

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  • Still Required

    Immunizations still have to be current even with virtual learning in Wake County, Raleigh, NC. Even though students entering  12th grade are not going to the classroom, law requires them to get meningococcal meningitis vaccine. 7th  graders must have a dose of the vaccine. Read the full article

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  • Ready for School

    August is National Immunization Month! Look at the charts indicating the vaccination schedule for children. It can be found at the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices website at www.cdc.gov/nip/acip. Emphasize the importance of proper hand washing to avoid getting the many infections that run through school populations. Read the full article

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  • Meningitis B Facts

    Neisseria meningitidis is the causative organism of bacterial meningitis. The serogroups A,B,C,Y and W are all equally dangerous. There have been outbreaks of meningococcal disease caused by the serogroup B infection in places like colleges or military barracks. People coming from different places and are crammed together in close quarters. Learn the symptoms to watch out […]

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  • Lifesaving Vaccines

    “Vaccines remain the safest, most cost-effective protection against disease and will provide a powerful tool to address the COVID-19 pandemic”, as The World Health Organization (WHO), in partnership with both public and private sectors work toward a global goal. Immunization saves millions of lives every year. An example is the development of a conjugate meningococcal […]

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  • Meningococcal Carriage

    A four cross-sectional studies of meningococcal carriage in people aged 9 months to 36 years in two districts of Burkina Faso between May 2, 2016, and Nov 6, 2017 was done to assess the long-term effect of MenAfriVac vaccination on meningococcal carriage and herd immunity. 7 years after the mass MenAfriVac campaign, there seemed to […]

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  • Meningitis Facts in UAE

    Parents need to learn the facts about meningitis to protect their children in the UAE. Dr Iviano Ossuetta, head of paediatrics and neonatology at Danat Al Emarat Hospital was asked what parents need to know not to panic during a meningitis outbreak. While a worldwide problem, menigitis is not a very common condition in the […]

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  • Illinois Immunizations

    The State of Illinois requires vaccinations to protect children depending on their age & what grade they are entering. Students must show proof of immunization against up to 12 vaccine-preventable diseases. One of them is the meningitis vaccine. The CDC – Centers for Disease Control recommends, “All children ages 11-15 years old receive MCV4 vaccine […]

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  • Antibiotic Resistant

    Neisseria meningitidis isolates in the United States have been historically susceptible to penicillin and ciprofloxacin. These two antibiotics have been used for treatment in people with confirmed meningococcal infections and for prophylaxis in those with close contact with infected patients. Quick treatment with antibiotics is considered essential, as the disease can cause death within hours. In January, […]

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