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Meningitis C vaccine 'doesn't last forever'

Published on 10/05/2010
As many as three in four teenagers could be at risk from meningitis C as vaccines against the disease have worn off.

That is according to the results of a new study by researchers from Oxford University, who claim that a booster jab may be needed in the future.

The team looked at 250 children aged six to 12 and tested their immunity seven years after the vaccination was given.

They found that in only 25 per cent of cases did the children retain enough antibodies to fight off meningitis C after this period.

Professor Andrew Pollard, who led the study, said: "This study is just the latest to show that the personal protection given by meningitis C vaccines in early childhood doesn't last forever and several countries have now responded to these findings by introducing teenage boosters, before protection fails in the population."

Currently, low levels of the virus in the population mean that British children remain well-protected. But the researchers warned that under current measures this protection would be eroded over time.

Although life-threatening, around 93 per cent of Meningococcal disease cases, which include meningitis and septicaemia, do not result in death.
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