• Scheduled Vaccinations

    The bacterium that causes meningococcal disease, Neisseria Meningitidis, has 5 serogroups, A, B, C, W, and Y. There 2 types of vaccinations: one that covers ACWY conjugate vaccines (Menactra and Menveo) and serogroup B (recombinant) vaccines (Bexsero and Trumenba). Consult with your medical provider when you should get your children or yourself immunized. Read full […]

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  • Prevention First

    An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!  This is a saying that has existed for centuries. August is National Immunization Awareness Month,  a reminder that people of all ages require timely vaccinations to protect their health. Southwest Georgia Health District Immunization Coordinator Nikki Wilson said. “Vaccines are our best defense against vaccine-preventable […]

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  • CSF leakage

    A study about bacterial meningitis in patients with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leakage was published in Clinical Infectious Diseases A nationwide, observational, cohort study in The Netherlands, called the MeninGene Study, prospectively included 2022 episodes of community-acquired bacterial meningitis over a 12-year period Study authors concluded that, “CSF leakage should be suspected in patients with bacterial […]

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  • Protection is better than cure

    Meningococcal meningitis is caused by the Neisseria Meningitidis bacteria, a life-threatening disease potentially kill a healthy kid or adult inside 24 hours after the first symptom shows up. It is often misinterpreted with other common viral diseases. This bacterial disease spreads whenever an infected person sneezes or coughs, sharing your eating utensils or cigarettes & […]

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  • Vaccination Requirement

    The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) proposed changes to the vaccine requirement regulations earlier this year and will go into effect on Aug. 2. Students entering seventh grade for the 2019-2020 school year will now need one dose of the Meningococcal ACWY vaccine, as will students entering 11th grade if not vaccinated prior […]

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  • Approval Delay

    Last year, there were 281 cases of meningococcal disease in Australia. The deadly B strain was a factor in 119 cases, the W strain in 100, and the Y strain in 45. Despite the B strain being the most fatal, South Australia is the only state where it is provided free of charge. In New […]

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  • Potential Outbreak

    An outbreak of the meningococcal group W bacteria was declared in Northland last year, after three deaths from the virulent strain, and one death from an unknown strain. Northlanders have been warned to be aware of meningococcal disease symptoms as the “month of death- October” approaches. Symptoms could develop very quickly & early treatment is critical. Seek medical care […]

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  • Tragic Loss

    Fourth year medical student Zachary Gravatt died of meningococcal disease a decade ago at Auckland City Hospital on suspicion he had swine flu. Zac went to his GP with fevers, rigors, headaches and groin pain around lunchtime before being admitted to hospital around 1.43pm. Over the afternoon he quickly deteriorated but was not transferred to […]

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  • Additional Protection

    Children starting secondary school in September are to be offered a new meningitis vaccine, MenACWY. The vaccine is aimed at providing additional protection against meningococcal C and other types of meningococcal disease -W and Y- that have increased in Ireland in the past few years. The Health Protection Surveillance Centre said, “All parents are encouraged […]

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  • Emerging Strains

    A study, published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, by researchers from Leicester, the University of Nottingham and Public Health England collaborate to explore the reasons behind 2013’s rapid expansion in MenW ST11, a specific strain of Neisseria Meningitidis. “Since 2009 there has been a significant increase in the number of young adults carrying MenW […]

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