Meningococcal type B: An effective vaccine at last!

By |March 31st, 2014|

A new meningococcal vaccine was approved by the TGA last year.  This month the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation has put out a recommendation about it. The present meningococcal vaccine already on the immunisation schedule is effective against serotype C, but this one is effective against the much more common serotype B.

The Disease:

Invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) is a really nasty disease and is the leading cause of meningitis and septicaemia globally. It tends to affect the under 5 year age group (with another peak in adolescence) and particularly attacks infants. The incidence in the under 1 year olds is […]

Babies: Like You and Me

By |March 22nd, 2014|

A radio interviewer asked me recently as a baby doctor, how it was possible to know what sick babies needed? For those of us that work in the world of babies, who each day see them emerging wet, pink and screaming, from their mother’s womb, it is easy to forget that, for the ...