Although several vaccines to prevent GBS are in development, none are currently available. This analysis shows for the first time that a maternal GBS vaccine, which was 80% effective and reached 90% of women, could potentially prevent 231,000 infant and maternal GBS cases.
Both reports add to the argument that more needs to be done to defeat meningitis. A global plan to reduce meningitis would increase the impetus to tackle the major pathogens responsible for disease which includes pneumococcal and GBS disease.
The 2017 ‘Levels and Trends in Child Mortality’ United Nations report shows that meningitis and neonatal sepsis is the second largest infectious disease killer of children under 5 years of age. Meningitis and sepsis is also the leading killer of new born babies.
We’re urging people to contact the World Health Organisation by 15th November to make meningitis a priority in their next work plan here