Booster needed for meningitis C

A booster meningitis C vaccination may be needed for teenagers, after UK research found that one in five 11-13-year olds are not fully protected against the disease.

The study found that the vaccine's effectiveness drops in children who receive it before the age of 10.

Researchers analysed antibody levels in blood samples taken from 999 adolescents aged 11-20 who were vaccinated between the ages of six and 15 as part of the 1999 meningitis C vaccination campaign.

Overall, 80 per cent of the children had enough antibodies to provide protection against meningitis C.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

BMJ Online 2008

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