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Meningococcal Disease and Meningitis

  1. Meningitis (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
      Provides a fact sheet for the public. 5-00

  2. Meningitis - Description (
      "Meningitis is the inflammation of the lining around the brain and spinal cord."

      "Septicaemia is the blood poisoning form of the disease." 8-05

  3. Meningitis - Description (
      "Because Susan's meningococcal disease was caused by N meningitidis serogroup C, her case was potentially vaccine preventable." 8-05

  4. Meningitis Vaccine ( star
      "Two meningococcal vaccines are available in the U.S.:"

      "Meningococcal polysaccharide vaccine (M.P.S.V.4 or Menomune) has been available since the 1970s."

      "Meningococcal conjugate vaccine (M.C.V.4 or Menactra) was licensed in 2005."

      "Both vaccines can prevent 4 types of meningococcal disease, including 2 of the 3 types most common in the United States and a type that causes epidemics in Africa. Meningococcal vaccines cannot prevent all types of the disease. But they do protect many people who might become sick if they didnít get the vaccine." 8-05


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