Focus on Meningitis Meningitis: The Fears, the Facts and can it be avoided?

This is a LEVEL TWO lecture. You will get more out of it if you have attended the LEVEL ONE lecture, ‘Nursing People Supportively Through Acute Viral Illness including COV-19‘ where you will gain a practical understanding of how meningitis occurs and how avoid it.

This lecture is a detailed look at the science regarding meningococcal disease from the seminal work done in the USA in the 1960’s to today so you understand the science behind the practicalities.

There is also an ebook available which accompanies this lecture:

Part One

  • The Meningococcus – How widespread is it and where does it come from?
  • What is the difference between carriage and invasive disease?
  • What factors increase the likelihood of invasive disease?
  • Immunity to the Meningococcus – the original ground breaking US military studies from the 1960s
  • What lead to the increased occurrence of Invasive Meningococcal C Disease in the UK in the mid 1990’s?
  • How do we develop Natural Immunity to the Meningococcus?
  • The protective effect of breast feeding in the Swedish and other populations.

Part Two

  • Bacterial cross immunity and its implications regarding selective vaccination and antibiotic use (with specific reference to meningitis)
  • How does wiping out one organism by a vaccine lead to increased invasion by other pathogens?
  • Haemophilus influenzae vs the Pneumococcus: the ‘Germ Olympics’
  • Why the Joint Committee on Vaccination & Immunisation (JCVI) didn’t want to introduce the new Meningococcal B vaccine – Bexsero
  • Nutrition vs Vaccination
  • Plenary.
  • Feedback.

20 Jan 2022, Thursday Evening * ONLINE LECTURE * To book