About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Meningitis vaccine in a controversy regarding efficacy

by Medindia Content Team on April 7, 2006 at 8:24 PM
Font : A-A+

Meningitis vaccine in a controversy regarding efficacy

According to the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, April 6, 2006, three more cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS), have been reported in people given the Menactra vaccine to prevent meningitis. This adds up to the five previous ones.

Still, when the eight cases of Menactra-related GBS were compared against the expected rates of GBS in populations in the same age group, no significantly increased risk was seen, suggesting that the association may have been due to chance alone.

Advertisement

The possible link between the vaccine and GBS first surfaced in October 2005.

The first case involved a 19-year-old man who began experiencing numbness and weakness in his extremities, difficulty running, and decreased dexterity 25 days after being vaccinated with Menactra. Test results were consistent with GBS, and other possible causes of the neurologic symptoms were ruled out. He was treated and had made a full recovery by eight weeks after symptoms began.

The second case, which involved a 17-year-old male, was similar to the first, but disease onset occurred just 11 days after he was given the Menactra vaccine. Treatment resulted in a complete recovery two weeks after he has admitted to the hospital.

Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Advertisement
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Black Tea Protects against Blood Pressure and Heart Diseases
Green Mediterranean Diet may Help Repair Age-Related Brain Damages
Cervical Cancer Awareness Month 2022
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Hib Vaccine Meningitis Top 10 Vaccine Myths Debunked 
Recommended Reading
Hib Vaccine
The Hib vaccine protects children against infections like meningitis and pneumonia that are caused b...
Meningitis
Meninges are the three layers of membrane that cover the brain and infection of the cerebrospinal fl...
Top 10 Vaccine Myths Debunked
Childhood vaccination has saved many lives, yet lots more has to be done to increase awareness and e...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2022

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use
open close
CONSULT A DOCTOR
I have read and I do accept terms of use - Telemedicine

Advantage Medindia: FREE subscription for 'Personalised Health & Wellness website with consultation' (Value Rs.300/-)