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Meningitis vaccine for W135 strain

25 September 2003 | GENEVA -- An inexpensive new meningitis vaccine has been made available in record time, and now the World Health Organization is issuing an appeal to buy millions of doses of the vaccine before the meningitis season strikes.

Though this press release doesn't mention it, meningitis isn't exactly uncommon in the US, either...though obviously not this strain (yet), and we certainly don't get anything like the epidemics that rage through Africa. My older sister (since deceased) had spinal meningitis when she was about 5 years old. It put her in a coma for most of a year, and left her blind. She was lucky...it has a very high kill rate.
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