Emergency Vaccination Against Epidemic Meningitis in Ghana: Implications for the Control of Meningococcal Disease in West Africa

This article, published in The Lancet, assessed the potential effects of different vaccination strategies against meningococcal disease using data from the 1997 meningococcal outbreak in northern Ghana. Using a simple mathematical model, meningococcal meningitis cases and deaths, which could have been forestalled by vaccination, were identified, and the effect of developed vaccination strategies on the public health system was analyzed. The results of the study suggest that the prevention of meningococcal disease epidemics in West Africa will be difficult unless long-lasting conjugate vaccines are incorporated into routine infant immunization schedules. ABSTRACT ONLY. (Learn how users in developing countries can gain free access to journal articles.)

Author(s): Woods CW, Armstrong G, Sackey SO, et al.

Published: 2000

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    Citation: Woods CW, Armstrong G, Sackey SO, et al. Emergency Vaccination Against Epidemic Meningitis in Ghana: Implications for the Control of Meningococcal Disease in West Africa. Lancet. 2000;355(9197):30-33.