Distribution of invasive meningococcal B disease in Italian pediatric population: implications for vaccination timing.

@article{Azzari2014DistributionOI,
  title={Distribution of invasive meningococcal B disease in Italian pediatric population: implications for vaccination timing.},
  author={Chiara Azzari and Clementina Canessa and Francesca Lippi and Maria Moriondo and Giuseppe Indolfi and Francesco Nieddu and Marco Martini and Maurizio de Martino and Paolo Castiglia and Vincenzo Baldo and Massimo Resti},
  journal={Vaccine},
  year={2014},
  volume={32 10},
  pages={1187-91}
}
Neisseria meningitidis group B (MenB) is a leading cause of meningitis and sepsis. A new vaccine has been recently licensed. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the epidemiology of MenB disease in pediatric age and define the optimal age for vaccination. All patients aged 0-18 years admitted with a diagnosis of meningitis or sepsis to the 83 participating Italian pediatric hospitals were included in the study. Blood and/or cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples were tested by Realtime-PCR… CONTINUE READING
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