Fresh hope of vaccine for killer meningitis B that could prevent illness in 80% of children
A jab to protect against deadly meningitis B is being developed by scientists.
Early trials have shown it could prevent the illness in more than 80 per cent of youngsters.
Meningitis B is particularly dangerous for children, leading to 120 deaths in the UK every year.
At present, though there is a jab for meningitis C, there is no vaccine for this strain.
Now a team of scientists at the University of Western Australia believe they have come up with a jab which could be widely available within five years.
In trials involving 539 teenagers, they found that just over 80 per cent were completely protected against the illness.
They were given three doses of the vaccine over six months.... read more
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