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Meningococcal Vaccine May Be Ineffective on College Campuses

Meningococcal Disease

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  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all college freshmen get a dose of meningococcal vaccine that contains four strains (A, C, W-35 and Y)
  • Strain B, another type not included in the four-strain vaccine, is associated with more than 50 percent of meningococcal cases and deaths
  • In 2016, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) licensed a meningococcal vaccine including strain B
  • Prior to its U.S. approval, the vaccine (4CMenB) was administered during an outbreak at Princeton University; out of the nearly 500 college students who received two doses of the meningococcal B vaccine, 34 percent had no immune response to the outbreak strain

By Dr. Mercola

Invasive meningococcal disease is a rare but serious infection caused by Neisseria meningitides, or meningococcus, bacteria. These bacteria can infect the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord (the meninges), leading to symptoms like fever, headache and a stiff neck.


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