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Friday, 11 January , 2008 / ermes

British Pragmatism


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The UK was the first country in the world to introduce meningococcal serogroup C conjugate (MenC) vaccination. Immunisation with (MenC) vaccine started in November 1999 for everybody up to the age of 18 years, and to all first year university students. This has since been extended to include everybody under 25 years of age.

The MenC vaccine has been part of the routine childhood immunisation programme and uptake levels have been close to 90%: no comment!

P.S.: for information, UK Department of Health Preventing Meningitis Program and Meningitis on the NHS immunisation website. Good sources of information regarding meningitis and septicaemia are also available on the Meningitis Research Foundation website and the Meningitis Trust website. For further links: Meningitis UK

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