Meningits Decreases After Vaccine
Meningitis Decreases After Vaccine
According to researchers in Pittsburgh, the rate of pneumococcal meningitis in the U.S. dropped significantly after the introduction of a vaccine against seven strains of Streptococcus pneumonia.
The researchers reported in the Jan. 15 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
On the other hand, the researchers noted a significant, and worrying, 60.5% increase in meningitis caused by serotypes not covered by the vaccine.
The latter finding is “a concern,” the researchers said, especially because many of the non-vaccine isolates had some antibiotic resistance.