FDA approves vaccine to block meningitis strain

October 29, 2014 8:16 PM

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health regulators have approved the first vaccine to block a strain of bacteria that has caused sometimes deadly outbreaks of meningitis in college dormitories.

The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it cleared Pfizer's Trumenba to prevent a subtype of Meningococcal disease in people ages 10 to 25. When the bacteria infect the bloodstream they cause sepsis. Infection of the lining surrounding the brain and spinal cord is known as meningitis. Sympto...

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