• Another Chance

    Pitt County Health Department, North Carolina is offering immunization appointments for middle school and high school students or risk being expelled from class. The law requires students to provide proof of immunization within 30 days of when they began the school year. In addition, there is a meningococcal conjugate vaccination requirement for students entering seventh […]

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  • High Mortality

    The Tshopo Provincial Health Division, in north central Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) declared an outbreak following reports of 261 suspected cases and 129 deaths due to Neisseria Meningitidis – one of the most frequent types of bacterial meningitis with the potential to cause large epidemics. Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa. […]

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  • Big Question

    GSK launches its public health campaign, “Ask2BSure,” to educate & empower parents to talk with their child’s doctor to be sure if they have received meningitis B vaccination. Meningitis is a serious illness that can cause life-threatening complications, or even death.  Adolescents and young adults are at an increased risk for contracting meningitis because it […]

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  • Science Says

    Meningitis B is a type of meningococcal disease caused by the bacteria Neisseria meningitides. It is a serious infection that affects the lining of your brain and spinal cord. It can also spread quickly and even be fatal within 24 to 48 hours after symptoms begin. The best way to eliminate your risk of contracting N. meningitidis is […]

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  • Get Seen

    Meningitis Now chief executive Dr Tom Nutt said: “Research has shown that up to a quarter of 15 to 24-year-olds carry the bacteria that cause meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia in the back of their throats compared to one in 10 of the general population.’ The charity is warning people to assess their symptoms including fever, […]

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  • School Vaccinations

    Free vaccinations are being offered by The Somerset County Health Department for students entering Kindergarten through 7th grades, and those entering 7th through 12th grades attending Somerset County Schools this fall. It is important to keep the vaccines up-to-date and keep our children  protected  from vaccine preventable diseases. Read the article

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  • Disease Connection

    Meningitis and encephalitis are two distinct conditions that affect the Central Nervous System (CNS). Meningitis causes inflammation in the outer covering of the brain & spinal cord called the meninges, while encephalitis causes inflammation of the brain tissue. Meningitis cannot cause encephalitis, and encephalitis cannot cause meningitis. However, it is possible to have both conditions […]

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  • Teen Outreach

    Molly Ringwald teams up with the National Meningitis Association (NMA) for – the 16 Vaccine Initiative – to help parents and their teens in getting to know about the importance of meningococcal meningitis vaccine. NMA President Leslie Maier, who lost her son Chris to meningococcal meningitis when he was just 17 years old, encourages parents to […]

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  • Cancer Risk

    Carcinomatous meningitis is a condition that happens when cancer cells spread to the membrane surrounding your brain and spinal cord called your meninges It is difficult to treat because it usually occurs together with late stage cancer meaning this it has already spread to multiple parts of your body. People are likely to experience severe complications […]

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  • Bacteria Protection

    The results of their study led by Professor Robert Read and Dr Jay Laver from the NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre and the University of Southampton, was published in the journal Science Translational Medicine. The work is the first of its kind where they inserted a gene into a harmless type of a bacteria, that allows […]

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