MenB May Linger on Campus After an Outbreak
Meningococcal serogroup B under-vaccinations limit herd immunity protection
February 15, 2019
According to a new study, when dealing with university-based meningococcal serogroup B (MenB) outbreaks, it is difficult to predict if or when additional cases may occur.
In some MenB ‘outbreaks’ on campuses, cases occurred over a prolonged period of time.
According to this 10-campus study, outbreaks ranged from 0 to 376 days in duration.
And, additional MenB cases occurred mainly among unvaccinated students.
This study highlights the importance of MenB vaccination since 10 to 15 percent of meningitis B patients ultimately die from an infection.
This study’s authors identify under-vaccinations as a cause of not developing ‘herd protection’ following an outbreak.
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