Nasal spray vax for meningitis may offer cheap alternative

Scientists at the University of Liverpool have won a hefty new grant to study an experimental nasal spray vaccine that could be used to guard against pneumonia and meningitis. The spray relies on a fragment of a protein found in all types of bacteria pneumococcus.

"Babies and children are vulnerable to infections," says Dr. Yolande Harley. "Meningitis and septicemia...kill significant numbers of children in the UK each year. This is an important area of research which has the potential to protect many children from serious illnesses."

Dr. Qibo Zhang at the school of infection and host defense at the University of Liverpool is leading the work. If it's successful, researchers say they will have a relatively cheap vaccine on their hands which can be used in developing nations.

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