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142183 - Addressing hot topics in general practice: Meningococcal B vaccination

  • : Online

A 2 hour interactive case-based Tutorial for GPs on initiating a discussion on the risk/benefit balance of meningococcal B immunisation with relevant patients, with an emphasis on skills building/communication techniques

Relevance to General Practice

Invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) is responsible for serious morbidity and mortality with global estimates of 50,000-135,000 deaths annually. Due to the early non-specific symptoms of IMD, misdiagnosis is common and often results in late medical intervention. Despite the availability of antibiotic therapy, case fatality rate for IMD serogroups B and C among Australian children below 5 years of age is 5%; and 6-12% for adults over the age of 25. Moreover approximately 10-30% of people who survive IMD develop long-term consequences such as limb deformity, limb scarring, deafness and neurological deficits. In this program GPs can update their IMD awareness so that they are more familiar with which variants of IMD are prevalent, how to diagnose it, how to recommend vaccinations and make sure all at risk groups are covered with immunisations.

Learning outcomes
  • Identify at-risk patient groups who require meningococcal B vaccination and review current Australian incidence of Meningococcal B across the age groups.
  • Recall common reasons for vaccine hesitancy in at-risk meningococcal B patients.
  • Incorporate patient communication strategies to enhance patient confidence in meningococcal B vaccine.
  • Implement practical tips and communication techniques to optimise communication with parents and assist them to make safe and informed immunisation choices
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    142183 - Addressing hot topics in general practice: Meningococcal B vaccination
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