Alternative Vaccination Strategy for Meningitis in Africa Found to be Effective, Economical

Alternative Vaccination Strategy for Meningitis in Africa

In sub-Saharan Africa, meningococcal meningitis continues to pose a serious health threat, with sporadic epidemics resulting in some 30,000 cases each year. While all people are susceptible, young children are at the highest risk, and over 50 percent of those infected will die if not diagnosed and treated.

An international team of scientists led by Reza Yaesoubi, Ph.D., assistant professor at the Yale School of Public Health, created a novel mathematical model of meningococcal epidemics in Burkina Faso that allowed them to compare several different meningococcal vaccination strategies in terms of their estimated costs and expected health outcomes.

https://publichealth.yale.edu/news/article.aspx?id=16645