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NZ research included in meningococcal B universal vaccine

John Kerr posted in on January 19th, 2012.

The MeNZB vaccine developed to control New Zealand’s meningococcal B epidemic in 2004-5 has helped researchers to create another, more advanced vaccine targeting more variants of the bacterial pathogen. The MeNZB vaccine was a  regionally specific vaccine for New Zealand targeting the B serotype of the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis, which cause meningococcal diseases, including meningitis. […]

TNVZ/One News: Cautious response to meningococcal breakthrough

Peter Griffin posted in on August 10th, 2010.

British research has revealed a genetic basis to peoples’ susceptibility to meningococcal meningitis and septicaemia – Meningococcal B cases have been dropping in New Zealand following an immunisation programme started in 2004. A New Zealand scientist has urged caution, however, pointing out that infectious diseases are also affected by environmental factors such as crowding and […]

Sunday News: Health: Brain up on killer disease

Peter Griffin posted in on May 10th, 2010.

Barbara Docherty writes in Sunday News about the highly dangerous disease meningitis, how to spot the symptoms, and what the best options for prevention are. While sensible precautions such as regularly washing one’s hands and a healthy diet certainly help, the best means of preventing the viral form of the disease is vaccination, particularly in […]

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