Meningitis outbreak!

I recently received a call from a patient stating that his child was at a Santa Barbara university and there was an outbreak of meningitis.  Indeed, there have been two meningitis outbreaks–one on the West and the other on the East Coast.   Both outbreaks have been caused by serogroup B Neisseria meningitidis–but two DIFFERENT strains of it!


What does meningitis act like?  Fever.  Headache.  Rash.

Does our routine meningitis vaccine work?  It does work against serogroups A, C, Y, and W-135.  It does not work on serogroup B.  The CDC and the FDA have allowed administration of a  serogroup B meningitis vaccine that is used in European Union and Australia to be given to “certain individuals” in New Jersey as that outbreak  had eight cases over a several-month period.  This is a highly unusual move for the CDC and is discussed further on their website

Our job is to vaccinate per guidelines: one meningitis vaccine at age 11-12 and a booster at age 16 and to watch for symptoms of meningitis.

Take care, everyone!

About drlesliegreenberg

I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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