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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 pneumoniae.  

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.