Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

New Hopes in Vaccine Research; Deadly Meningococcal Targeted

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

New Hopes in Vaccine Research; Deadly Meningococcal Targeted

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Byline: Owen Jacques APN NewsDesk

SUCCESSFUL trials of a vaccine for the deadly meningococcal Type B disease have been announced by the Queensland Children Medical Research Institute.

The trials, involving more than 500 teenagers, are a major step towards delivering a vaccine to the market within five years.

Associate Professor Michael Nissen said trials of the new form of prevention appeared to have almost no side-effects and a rate of up to 80% protection in those tested

The disease is found particularly in those younger than five and teenagers between 15 and 19.

Already there are vaccines available for a number of other strains of meningococcal, with some even developed for a very specific version of the B-strain.

But if the latest vaccine passes further trials to test its safety and effectiveness in young children, this could help prevent more loss of life.

In 2011, there were 241 cases of infection nationally, with 61 of those in Queensland. …

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