Meningococcal disease: How to prevent and how to manage

Paul Balmer, Elizbeth Miller*

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Abstract

Meningococcal disease is a significant problem in the paediatric population. The diagnosis of meningococcal disease can be problematic and progression of the disease can rapidly lead to a life-threatening illness. Despite the success of antibiotic treatment, mortality rates remain high. The development of protein-polysaccharide conjugate vaccines has significantly improved the success of vaccination in reducing the incidence of meningococcal disease. However, a comprehensive vaccine conferring protection against disease-associated serogroups remains elusive. The aim of this review is to highlight recent significant improvements in the prevention and management of meningococcal disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-281
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Infectious Diseases
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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