No meningitis C deaths recorded in under-19s

No meningitis C deaths were recorded in under-19s in the UK in 2007, according to the DoH.

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC)
Basal cell carcinoma (BCC)

This is the first year without deaths since records began in the late 19th century.

Previously, meningitis C killed up to 78 under-19s a year, and left many survivors with brain damage or amputations.

But the latest statistics, taken from the DoH's annual immunisation report, show that mass vaccination with the meningitis C conjugate vaccine has all but wiped out the disease.

The vaccine was added to the routine childhood immunisation programme in the UK in 1999 and, since 2000, is thought to have prevented over 500 deaths.

The programme is targeted at the under-20s. However, young adults between 20 and 24 and all first-year college and university students are advised to have the vaccination.

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

DoH immunisation report 2008

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