Babies and Whooping Cough

By |March 30th, 2015|

 

 

Whooping cough is a terrible disease in babies

and it is the under-1 year-olds that are the most severely affected with nearly 1% of the infected dying from it.

The incubation period is between 4 – 21 days and during this time it is highly contagious with up to 80% of the unvaccinated catching it.

The main reservoir of infection is in adolescents and young adults (whose personal immunity has worn off). But for all of us (even if we get the native infection) the antibody level (hence our immunity to the disease) wanes over a couple of years.

The […]

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 […]