When Plan B Is Plan A… Meningitis B Vaccination

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Published on : September 16, 2022

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Meningitis B vaccination - a call to action.

Why should Meningitis B vaccine be a priority in primary care?

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Christine Palmay, MD, CCFP, FCFP
Midtown Health and Wellness Clinic
Toronto, ON 

 Vivien Brown, MDCM, CCFP, FCFP, NCMP

Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, Peer Voice, MDBriefcase, STA Communications; Board Member of Immunize Canada, Women’s Brain Health

Toronto, ON

 

SETTING THE STAGE

Meningitis B is often referred to as the forgotten meningitis.  Vaccination options are newer than those against other strains.   Public coverage in Canada has yet to materialize. Finally, the incidence of Meningitis B is low (0.33 cases per 100,000 between 2006 to 2011) often overshadowing the severity of disease outcomes.

These raw statistics are misleading and do not convey the severity of disease outcomes.   Up to 1 in 10 cases may be fatal and for survivors, and up to 1 in 5 may have long-term complications:  cognitive deficits, auditory deficits or limb loss. While rare, these complications are tragic.

So easily forgotten….yet with possible tragic ramifications.

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