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:


Mode of transmission

Epidemiological summary

Risk factors/age groups affected



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.