meningitis

Every year, the recommended childhood and adolescent vaccine schedules are reviewed, adjusted and approved by the following governing bodies:  American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP),  and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).

The 2017 revisions are now published for those 0 to 18 years of age with some of the recent changes listed here—see “notes” section for accessing complete information:

Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine

This vaccine protects against certain strains of the...

DNAThe FDA approved a diagnostic test for use on cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) that can identity an infectious agent in about 60 minutes. If you are familiar with meningitis, than you know this is a big deal.

The test, made by BioMérieux's subsidiary BioFire, can detect the presence of DNA from 1 of 14 common causative agents of meningitis, including bacteria such as Neisseria meningitidis and Streptococcus pneumoniae as well as viruses such as Epstein-Barr Virus and Herpes simplex virus 1 and 2. It also...

FDA Stamp of ApprovalIn his recent opinion piece published in the New York Post, ACSH friend and former trustee (and former FDA official) Dr. Henry Miller questions the FDA s decision to grant permission for expanded access to experimental Ebola drugs, while products desperately needed to treat deadly diseases in the United States are still awaiting approval. Dr. Miller references Bexsero, a vaccine for meningitis B, and pirfenidone, a drug meant to treat idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) both drugs were approved by the European Union and Canada, yet the FDA still has not given the OK in the US. The delays of...

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We wonder if the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is thinking the same about the FDA. Because in order to protect students at Princeton University from a particular strain of bacterial meningitis, the CDC had to get special permission from the FDA to import Novartis Bexsero from Europe and Australia. Bexsero is the only vaccine that is effective against the strain (serotype B) that is causing trouble at Princeton. Why was this...

If you need another reminder about the importance of vaccinations, just look to the events of this past weekend. A Wisconsin college student and a Los Angeles man died of meningitis, and the New York City Department of Health issued an alert stating that five measles cases occurred in Borough Park, Brooklyn this past month in children who had not been vaccinated. They also followed up saying that a large number of exposures occurred throughout the community and more cases are expected.

In both cases, officials have taken the opportunity to note the importance of getting vaccinated. In the case of meningitis, colleges...