Action: Build a consensus among the medical communities and the decision-makers in each country, that now is the time to expand their Meningococcal vaccinations against all strains taking younger populations out of the equation during the pandemic.
Action: A healthcare professional campaign highlighting the importance of maintaining vaccine-induced protection against Meningococcal Disease during the pandemic.
Action: A social media campaign targeting adolescents and their parents to increase awareness that symptoms resembling COVID-19 might hide a Meningococcal Infection and therefore reaching their physician might be of paramount importance.
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A campaign to stress the relevance of prevention by vaccination particularly now with everyone's mind on Covid-19 and health care overwhelmed with other priorities
During (and plausibly because of) the recent period of enforced social distancing meningococcal rates have for a while fallen. This has the potential to cause complacency which should be met with a vigorous campaign promoting vaccine uptake and – importantly – disease recognition in particular in adolescents away from home for the first time.
All of these actions have somehow been introduced in many countries in Europe. What really works is the introduction of Meningitis vaccines into a routine vaccination calendar. Data shows significant decrease of the disease when almost 90% of the chosen aged groups are vaccinated.