New vaccine booster for teenagers to fight against Meningitis
The disease of Meningitis that could turn out to be life-threatening can be prevented primarily by getting the effective vaccines available for the prevention of it. The inflammation caused by Meningitis lies in the proximity of brain and spinal cord where there are protective membranes known as meninges, covering these two vital parts of the nervous system.
Meningitis is contagious and can be transmitted through the respiratory secretions but the common cold and flu cannot be the victims of its transfer to another person. The seriousness of the disease led many countries in early 1980s to introduce its vaccine in other childhood vaccination schemes, for the long-term prevention from it. A, C, W135 and Y is the group categorization of Meningitis vaccination. Vaccine shots against all these 4 groups has become a visa requirement for the pilgrims undertaking the journey of Hajj.
For the protection against Meningitis, new improved boosters are being introduced following the research conducted by the Meningitis Research Foundation and the teenagers will be given this booster vaccine in South Derbyshire and Burton.
This MenC vaccine got introduced in 1999 and since that year it has successfully saved more than 1300 lives. 13000 cases are reported to have prevented by it. The reason for the introduction of this booster vaccine was the research that showed the decline in the protection in the teenage years. This age group was found out to be more sensitive to Meningitis as compared to the younger children and the older people and hence needs the booster.
The school children in the age group of 12 to 14 years will be given the MenC booster dose in South Derbyshire and Burton.
The Chief Executive of Meningitis Research Foundation said: “The Government is responding to important research evidence by adjusting the immunization schedule, so that more lives will be saved. The recent measles outbreak shows how important vaccine protection is, so we urge every parent to ensure their children are up to date with their immunizations”
Visit the official website of Meningitis Research Foundation for any more information you need.