Bexsero prevents deadly infection of spinal cord lining
The Bexsero vaccine has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to prevent the “serogroup B” form of bacterial meningitis among people aged 10 through 25.
Meningococcal disease, or meningitis, is a life-threatening bacterial infection of the bloodstream and the lining that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. N. meningitis bacteria are commonly transmitted by coughing, kissing or sharing utensils, often in tight quarters such as a college dormitory.
Some 500 cases of bacterial meningitis were recorded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2012, of which 160 were caused by serogroup B, the FDA said.