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Meningitis vaccine success in UK babies

A new meningitis vaccine used in the USA has been successfully tested on babies in the UK and Canada.

A randomised trial assigned 225 and 196 UK and Canadian infants to receive a primary course of the MenACWY vaccine for two years.

The study found that MenACWY was well tolerated and at least 92% of babies who had the vaccine at ages 2, 3 and 4 months had sufficient antibodies against four strains of the disease.

Twelve month boosters increased protection considerably against the first three disease strains.

The study authors commented: "We have demonstrated that a primary immunisation course of the novel treatment meningococcal glycoconjugate vaccine MenACWY was well tolerated and immunogenic … when given to healthy infants at either 2, 3 and 4 months or 2, 4, and 6 months of age."


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