Meningitis Vaccine: February 2007 Archives

Expert wants meningococcal vaccine studied

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vaccineCANBERRA, Australia, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- An Australian epidemiologist wants the meningococcal vaccine studied noting the bacterial infection is affecting more people than it did 20 years ago.

Mahomed Patel of Australian National University also called for an analysis of historical patterns of meningococcal incidence to better understand, and further prevent meningitis.

"The meningococcal vaccine has been effective since its introduction in 2003, but the disease incidence rate is still higher than 20 years ago," he said. "We could do better."