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Meningococcal B vaccination also cuts risk of gonorrhoea, study suggests

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j3350 (Published 11 July 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3350
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

People vaccinated with an outer membrane vesicle (OMV) group B meningococcal vaccine showed a 30% lower risk of gonorrhoea diagnosis in a large study, suggesting that vaccination provides a new approach for preventing gonorrhoea.1

Although very different diseases, an 80-90% genetic match exists between the bacterium that causes meningococcal disease (Neisseria meningitidis) and the gonorrhoea pathogen Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Observational surveillance data have previously suggested a decline in gonorrhoea after introducing …

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