Meningitis in adolescents: Health risks associated with social behaviours

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In this episode:

  • The incidence of meningitis in adolescents and young people
  • The risk factors for the development of meningitis and young people
  • The impact of meningococcal vaccination on the incidence of invasive meningococcal disease in Australia

Guest: Prof Peter Richmond, Consultant Paediatric Immunologist & Paediatrician

Host: Dr Terri Foran, Sexual Health Physician

Total time: 13 mins

Recommended resources:


  • Communicable Disease Intelligence: Australian Meningococcal Surveillance Programme Annual Report, 2021, Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care.
  • Australian Meningococcal Surveillance Programme Annual Reports (2002-2021)
  • Annual Immunisation Coverage Report 2021, National Centre for Immunisation Surveillance Research and Surveillance, November 2022
  • National Immunisation Program Schedule, Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care, September 2023
  • Nimenrix PI
  • Australian Immunisation Handbook Meningococcal Disease, Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care, Accessed September 2023
  • Christensen H, May M, Bowen L, Hickman M, Trotter CL. Meningococcal carriage by age: a systematic review and meta-analysis. The Lancet Infectious Diseases 2010;10:853-61.
  • MacLennan J, Kafatos G, Neal K, et al. Social behavior and meningococcal carriage in British teenagers. Emerging Infectious Diseases 2006;12:950-7

This Healthed educational segment is supported by Pfizer Australia Pty Ltd, Sydney. PP-NIM-AUS-0359. 09.23. The views expressed by the experts are entirely their own.

Last Updated: 3 Oct, 2023

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