Secondary prevention of meningococcal disease

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7045.1536 (Published 15 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1536

Penicillin is not recommended in British guidelines

  1. Andrew J Pollard,
  2. Robert Booy,
  3. Simon Nadel,
  4. Michael Levin
  1. Action Research training fellow Lecturer Consultant paediatrician Professor Paediatric Infectious Diseases Unit, Department of Paediatrics, St Mary's Hospital Medical School, London W2 1NY

    EDITOR,—Bjorn-Erik Kristiansen and Arne-Birger Knapskog call for a change in the current British guidelines on the prevention of meningococcal disease without adequately substantiating their arguments.1 Their view contradicts the latest guidelines from the Public Health Laboratory Service's Meningococcal Infections Working Group2 and will cause confusion when clarity is paramount. The failures in administration of prophylaxis cannot be overcome without clear guidelines and may result in preventable life threatening illness.

    The prevention of secondary cases of meningococcal disease in Britain …

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