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February 11, 1998

Meningococcal Disease and Public Health PracticeA Complicated Road Map

JAMA. 1998;279(6):472-473. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-279-6-jed80001

Although great strides have been made in decreasing and nearly eliminating the occurrence of invasive disease caused by Haemophilus influenzae type B, we have not been nearly so successful with invasive disease caused by Neisseria meningitidis . Over the past few decades, the incidence of invasive meningococcal disease in the United States has remained relatively stable, despite the availability of a quadrivalent polysaccharide vaccine.1