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Deadly Bacterial Meningitis Vaccines Working; Incidence Way Down

In a new national survey, results show that vaccination against bacterial meningitis-causing bacteria has slashed incidence of the deadly brain inflammation. Vaccinations given to children are in fact also squelching the ailment in parents and adults in general. Cases in the United States have fallen by 31% from 1998 to 2007 based on data from 17 million Americans.

The authors of the survey analysis estimate that 4,100 cases of bacterial meningitis occur annually in the United States.

Two major vaccines are responsible for this decline. First there is Hib that is used to battle Haemophilus influenzae type B, and also PCV that combats Streptococcus pneumonia.

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