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New Meningitis Vaccine Works in Infants
Date:1/8/2008

still be a few more years before any vaccine would be commercially available in this country.

In the meantime, Harrison pointed out, "Parents should also know that there are already two vaccines to help prevent meningitis for infants -- the group at highest risk -- Hib and pneumococcal vaccine. The new vaccine would just be the third piece of the puzzle."

For parents with older children, Harrison said there's already a "very good vaccine" available for 11- to 18-year olds to prevent meningitis.

More information

To learn more about meningococcal disease, visit the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.



SOURCES: Matthew Snape, F.R.A.C.P., pediatrician, University of Oxford, and Senior Clinical Research Fellow and Honorary Consultant Pediatrician, Oxford Vaccine Group, Churchill Hospital, United Kingdom; Lee H. Harrison, M.D., professor, medicine and epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh; Jan. 9, 2008, Journal of the American Medical Association


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