Parents need meningococcal B vax education

An online survey of 150 Australian GPs and 400 parents by Novartis found 75% of parents ranked meningococcal disease as one of the top three most concerning infectious diseases.

However, almost half were unaware there are different serotypes. 

Professor Robert Booy, head of clinical research at the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS) expressed concerns that 75% of parents believed the meningococcal C vaccination also protects against group B strains. 

“GPs can help address parents’ high level of concern by ensuring parents can recognise the signs and symptoms of meningococcal disease and know to act quickly if they suspect it,” he said.

The survey found GPs share the community’s concern about meningococcal disease with 70% naming it in their top three infectious diseases of concern for 0–4 year olds, with 37% ranking it number one.

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