Meningococcal A,C,Y,W135 conjugate vaccine

Nimenrix® is a meningococcal A,C,Y,W-135 conjugate vaccine used to protect against four groups of Neisseria meningitidis, group A, group C, group Y and group W-135.

Nimenrix® is used as an alternative vaccine to the meningococcal C conjugate vaccine (Neisvac-C™), meningococcal A,C,Y,W-135 conjugate vaccine (Menactra®) and the meningococcal A,C,Y,W-135 polysaccharide vaccine (Mencevax® ACYW).

The conjugate and polysaccharide vaccines work differently to generate protection against the bacteria. Protection from the conjugate vaccines lasts longer than that from the polysaccharide vaccines. The conjugate vaccines also generate long term memory cells allowing rapid boosting of immunity years later.

A vaccine against asthma and allergy?

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Scientists at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research in Wellington have made significant progress in the basic research required to develop a vaccine against asthma and allergy.

Explaining the principle behind this vaccine Institute Director Professor Graham Le Gros said “We don’t know why the immune systems of individuals with asthma or food allergy respond to house dust mites and food proteins as though they were parasites. But what we do know from our research is that if we shut down the Th2 immune response before it gets going, we can prevent the development of asthma and allergy symptoms”.

The work at the Malaghan Institute complements past research that showed a decrease in allergy and asthma symptoms in young children who had received immunisation against some infectious diseases when compared with their unimmunised peer group.

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Menomune® ACYW-135

Meningococcal A,C,Y,W135 polysaccharide vaccine

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