Epidemiology of bacterial meningitis in Lombardy Region in the period 2000-2006

Anna Pavan, Spinello Antinori, Annamaria Belloni, Antonio Boccazzi, Francesco Castelli, Maria Gramegna, Enrico Magliano, Piero Marone, Cristina Montomoli, Marco Tinelli, Gianvincenzo Zuccotti, Luigi Macchi

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Epidemiological study of bacterial meningitis, particularly those forms susceptible to vaccination, is an indispensable tool in choosing vaccination strategies. Lombardy Region, where approximately 20% of the Italian population resides, has conducted an in-depth study on invasive meningococcal diseases and pneumococcal meningitis using available health statistics and performing a control of single cases to achieve complete knowledge of the phenomenon. The results, relating to the period 2000-2006, indicate limited incidence rates both for the general population and childhood age groups that do not justify hypotheses of a universal offering of the specific vaccines. However, the healthcare system must equip itself with additional tools for the identification of the serogroups and serotypes responsible for disease as a further support for possible choices modifying the current vaccination policies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)340-345
Number of pages6
JournalNew Microbiologica
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2007


  • Bacterial meningitis
  • Meningococcal disease
  • Pneumococcal disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Microbiology


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