Meningococcal Disease and Vaccination. Fear-Mongering? YES!!

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This afternoon I was cruising around facebook and happened upon a discussion about the meningitis vaccine.  The group I was visiting was made up of parents who are questioning the safety of vaccines in general.  The thread I saw today contained several comments indicating that even among this group of highly educated and skeptical parents, the fear of meningitis is causing them to consider giving the vaccine. It’s no wonder, when we are bombarded by campaigns like this one:  Voices of Meningitis PSA video.

The stories on the Voices of Meningitis website are heart-breaking.  One question I have about these cases is if those whose stories are told were fully vaccinated?  I wonder how many of those cases occurred in children AS A RESULT of being vaccinated with the Meningococcal vaccine.  I just visited the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) and did a quick search. What I wanted to know was, among the estimated 1% to 10% of vaccine reactions that are reported to VAERS, how many of the reactions for the meningococcal vaccine listed meningitis as an adverse reaction.

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