Bacterial meningitis keeps falling

Bacterial meningitis keeps falling

Vaccinations cut cases nearly one-third over past decade

By Nathan Seppa, 15:49 PM May 25, 2011

Just a few decades ago, a pediatrician getting a frantic phone call from a parent whose child was running a high fever would immediately consider bacterial meningitis. Today, that diagnosis is unlikely: Vaccination against meningitis-causing bacteria has slashed incidence of the deadly brain inflammation, a nationwide survey shows.

Researchers scanned data from more than 17 million people nationwide and found that bacterial meningitis incidence in the United States had fallen by 31 percent...

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