Meningococcal vaccine on trial in Australia

Invasive meningitis infections have reached their highest level in more than a decade

Missing a case of meningococcal disease is every doctor’s worst fear, says paediatrician and immunologist Associate Professor Peter Richmond, head of the Vaccine Trials Group at the Telethon Kids Institute in Perth.

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Once invasive meningococcal disease takes hold, it "evolves before your eyes”, he says, with the meningococci in the blood doubling about every 20 minutes.

“It’s a devastating disease with a terrible outcome — prevention is better than cure.”

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