Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

WHO urges routine meningitis vaccine to avoid resurgence in Africa

Meningitis A has almost been eradicated in Africa but could stage a "catastrophic" comeback if countries fail to include a groundbreaking vaccine in routine immunisation, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned Tuesday.

Pediatrics

Start of school year calls for vaccine check

(HealthDay)—With the start of a new school year, many parents are searching for vaccination records and hoping they're current, but what does "up-to-date" look like these days?

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Panel gives weak endorsement of new meningitis shots

A federal panel has given a weak endorsement to two expensive new meningitis shots, declining to recommend the vaccines for all teens and leaving the decision to parents and doctors.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Meningitis epidemic kills more than 250 in Niger

A meningitis epidemic in poverty-stricken Niger has claimed 252 lives since January, a health official said Monday, warning the country was short of vaccines to fight the outbreak.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Meningitis epidemic kills 75 in Niger

A meningitis epidemic that broke out in January in Niger has killed 75 people so far, the health minister said on Thursday.

Medications

Use new meningitis vaccines only for outbreaks

(AP)—A U.S. panel on Thursday recommended that two new meningitis vaccines only be used for rare outbreaks, resisting tearful pleas to give it routinely to teens and college students.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Meningitis outbreak declared at Canada university

Officials launched a meningitis vaccination campaign at a Canadian university Friday after detecting two cases of the infection, health authorities said.

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