Teenagers ‘may need meningitis C booster'

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 among children who receive the vaccination before the age of 10, leaving them at risk of developing the disease in their teenage years.

The researchers analysed antibody levels in blood samples taken from 999 adolescents aged 11-20 who were vaccinated between the ages of 6 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

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