Meningococcal infection
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Meningococcal infection

Lorna Boyne Travel Health and Immunisation Nurse Specialist, Scottish Centre for Infection and Environmental Health (SCIEH), Glasgow

Aims and intended outcomes

The aim of this article is to provide an overview and promote an understanding of meningococcal infection. After reading this paper you should

Have a basic understanding of meningococcal infection in terms of:

Definition

Mode of transmission

Epidemiological summary

Risk factors/age groups affected

Prognosis

Diagnosis

Methods of treatment

Prevention of spread

Be aware of current recommendations for vaccination

Know where to look for further information.

Primary Health Care. 11, 3,43-49. doi: 10.7748/phc2001.04.11.3.43.c303

Published in print: 01 April 2001