Meningococcal Vaccine Recommended in Toronto Amid Rise in Cases

Public health officials in Toronto are concerned about a recent spike in meningitis cases, prompting them to recommend vaccination for meningococcal disease. According to Toronto Public Health, there have been 13 reported cases of invasive meningococcal disease so far this year, which is more than the total cases seen in any year since 2002. Unfortunately, two of these cases have been fatal.

The agency is urging people of all ages to get vaccinated, as the disease can affect anyone but is most common in children under five, teens, and young adults who are not immunized. Outbreaks can occur during large gatherings, so individuals traveling for events like the Hajj pilgrimage or attending Pride events should ensure they are protected.

Symptoms of meningococcal disease include fever, joint pain, headache, a stiff neck, and increased sensitivity to light. It is important to seek medical attention if any of these symptoms occur.

The rise in cases is not unique to Toronto, as several countries, including the United States, are also reporting an increase in this potentially life-threatening bacterial infection. It is crucial for individuals to take preventive measures and get vaccinated to protect themselves and others from the spread of meningococcal disease.