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[Alert for meningitis in Palermo? Successful strategies to counteract the impact of mass media]

  • Autori: Ventura, G.; Restivo, V.; Costantino, C.; Casuccio, N.; D'Angelo, C.; Stefanelli, P.; Casuccio, A.; Vitale, F.
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2017
  • Tipologia: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)


Following two invasive meningococcal disease cases among twenties, general population overloaded vaccination Units of the Palermo's District during summer 2016. Sicilian Health Authorities adopted several public health strategies including: a) active meningococcal vaccination free of charge for people from 18 up to 30 years of age, b) information in crowded places and rapid communication by media. An increase in anti-meningococcal vaccination doses administered (+868%) as well as in anti-dTp and HPV vaccination (+41% and +8%, respectively) due to a further catch-up was observed.