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Preventing Meningococcal Disease – A Primer for Primary Care Clinicians

1.00 Mainpro+ Credit(s) / MOC Section 1 Hour(s)

Program available online until: August 17, 2019



This 1-credit-per-hour Self-Learning activity has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and by the Queen’s University Chapter for up to 1.00 Mainpro+ certified credits.

This event is an Accredited Group-Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by Queen’s University. You may claim a maximum of 1.00 Hour(s). (credits are automatically calculated).

Meningococcal Disease

Meningococcal Disease
Meningococcal disease is an acute, potentially severe illness caused by the bacterium Neisseria meningitidis (N. meningitidis). Illness believed to be meningococcal disease was first reported in the 16th century. Meningococcal disease remains a leading cause of bacterial meningitis and sepsis in developed nations and still a major cause of epidemics in Sub-Saharan Africa. Even with appropriate treatment in developed nations, death occurs in 6-10% of cases and many survivors have long-term sequelae.

Planning Committee

  • Karen K. Grewal, MD, FRCPC.
  • Mark Loeb, MSc, MD, FRCPC.
  • Phyllis Bedder, MD.
  • Lynn Stewart, MD, CCFP, FCFP.
  • Bruce Wheeler, MD, CCFP.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  1. Review the pathophysiology and epidemiology of meningococcal disease
  2. Determine the most common clinical presentations of invasive meningococcal disease (IMD)
  3. Explore the role of the different vaccine options in the prevention of IMD
  4. Apply the Canadian Immunization Guide recommendations for meningococcal vaccines to patient cases

Ask the expert: Mark Loeb, MSc, MD, FRCPC

  • Can you please discuss some of the key issues with IMD diagnosis?
  • Can you please provide a quick review of the meningococcal vaccines you use in practice and how you determine which product to recommend for a specific patient? 
  • Can you please discuss how you manage vaccine-hesitant patients and/or their caregivers in your practice? 
  • Can you please discuss the most common vaccine myths that you see in practice and how you address them?
  • Can you please discuss your experience with the 2 conjugate vaccines and 4CMenB in your practice? Can you please share any tips or strategies that you use to ensure your patients are appropriately protected?
  • Can you please discuss how you manage the issue of recommended but unfunded vaccines in your practice?
Ask the expert

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