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Meningitis vaccine could save hundreds

18th January 2012

A new vaccine has been developed against the last remaining strain of meningitis which kills and maims hundreds of children every year in the UK.

While children are currently vaccinated against meningitis C, there is no vaccine against the B strain which causes around 1,000 cases a year and is fatal in one in five. But now researchers have tested a meningitis B vaccine and the results have shown it is highly effective and safe. The findings are published in The Lancet.

 

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