• Cases Climb

    Meningococcal disease cases continue to climb in Florida with 39 people infected in 15 counties since late May. Meningococcal  disease  is a bacterial infection that can be serious sometimes with debilitating consequences and  can be deadly. Central Florida leads in the number of reported cases with 12 confirmed cases of meningococcal disease in Orange County […]

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  • Baby Stricken

    A baby with the parents, siblings ages 9 and 10 are from a mining region inVenezuela but currently lives in a shelter in Boa Vista, Brazil. “They entered Brazil on the 5th of April, staying for a period of 15 days in the shelter in Pacaraima. They came to the capital of Roraima  on the […]

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  • Disease Rates Drop

    Possibly because of Covid protection measures, meningococcal disease rates drop over the past few years but vaccinations are down too. Scientists are warning people though not to be complacent. Meningococcal disease while rare, it is serious and has devastating consequences. “This infection is every family’s nightmare; impacts are life altering and life limiting,” epidemiologist Amanda […]

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  • Vaccination Required

    The Department of Health and Human Services, Nevada is requiring all public, private and charter schools before they start 12th grade effective June 30, 2022. As per The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends two doses of the meningococcal vaccine (MenACWY) for full protection, with the first dose administered […]

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  • Seasonal Risk

    Cases of meningococcal B disease (MenB) among teenagers and young adults in England increased sharply in the autumn. The majority of cases were seen among university and college students where COVID -19 lockdown restrictions were lifted last summer. The increase was among the 15-24 age groups. These  young people can protect themselves against some types […]

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  • Too Costly

    New Zealander children are dying and being left disabled because vaccines that protect against meningococcal disease cost about $150 per dose. Parents are not even aware that the vaccines exist. The Meningitis Foundation petitioned the Parliament in early 2022 asking the Government to provide free vaccines for all preventable forms of meningococcal disease to students […]

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  • Invasive Disease

    In Australia, there are 13 different types of meningococcal with the most common being types B and W. A 20-year-old man from regional South Australia died after being diagnosed with the serotype B strain of invasive meningococcal disease. Then just last week, a seven-year girl was diagnosed with the W strain of the disease remains […]

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  • Act Quickly!

    Alliannah, a six year old, started vomiting & had a fever. Bianca & Hailey, her mother & aunt respectively weren’t too concerned as there was some “gastro” infections going around. Alliannah became lethargic, turned away food and drink. Bianca noticed light purple blotches on her daughter’s stomach and that’s when she was rushed to the […]

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  • Action Required

    NSW Health issued a public health alert after a third case of meningococcal disease was reported in the Sydney’s northern beaches region. Close contacts have been offered antibiotics as a preventive measure following the outbreak. A student while at a rugby league club became infected, taken to hospital but have since recovered and been released. […]

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  • MenQuadfi Vaccine

    The European Commission (EC) has approved MenQuadfi  immunization of individuals from the age of 12 months and older against invasive meningococcal disease caused by Neisseria Meningitidis serogroups A, C, W and Y. Invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) epidemiology has been a challenge because it is highly unpredictable and varies widely with different countries leaving room for […]

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