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Meningitis Vaccine: A Correction
8/7/2006
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Sharp-eyed doc catches the CDC error we repeated two weeks ago

by Craig Weatherby


Two weeks ago, we reported on the dangers of meningitis: a fast-moving infection that can kill or cripple its (generally young) victims before salvation arrives, in the form of any of a number of common antibiotics.


One focus of the article was a new British study that documented early symptoms that can alert people before it is too late (see “Meningitis Breakthrough: Brits Detect Early Symptoms of a Dangerous, Speedy Disease”).


However, in researching our article, we relied in part on information found in the meningitis page on the Web site of the Centers for Disease Control.


Sadly, that page contained an error. Fortunately, Peggy L. Manuel, MD, FAAP, a pediatrician in our audience, brought it to our attention, and we want to let you know about it.


The error regarded the age at which pneumococcal conjugate vaccine is administered, and it was in the section subtitled “Vaccines for S. pneumoniae (pneumococcal meningitis)”.


Our original article said this (error underlined):


“There is a newly licensed vaccine (pneumococcal conjugate vaccine) that appears to be effective in infants for the prevention of pneumococcal infections and is routinely recommended for all children over two years of age.”


However, the correct information is this:


“There is a newly licensed vaccine (pneumococcal conjugate vaccine) that appears to be effective in infants for the prevention of pneumococcal infections and is routinely recommended for all children under two years of age.”


As Dr. Manuel told us, “PCV is routinely administered with the regular infant vaccine series at 2, 4, and 6 months and a booster over 12 months of age.” And as we learned on another CDC Web page, the PCV vaccine can also be given to children over two, if they miss getting it as infants or toddlers.


Thank you, Dr. Manuel!


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