Incidence of invasive meningococcal disease is low in Germany at 0.5 cases/100,000 inhabitants. Serogroup B (MenB) is most common, causing 70% of cases, with highest incidence in infants (5.9/100,000). In 2013, a MenB vaccine was licensed in Europe. To assess pediatricians' attitudes towards MenB vaccination and its potential use in Germany we conducted a nationwide cross-sectional survey among 5677 pediatricians. Of 3107 participants (response: 55%), 79.1% would recommend a MenB vaccination to parents, with 66.7% favoring a schedule at 6, 8 and 12 months over 2, 3, 4 and 12 months (13.4%). Administration separately from other vaccines was preferred (63.2%); 38.5% feared that a recommendation would lead to refusal of other recommended vaccinations. In conclusion, pediatricians showed distinct preferences regarding possible integration of MenB vaccination into the existent immunization schedule. As physicians play a crucial role in the implementation, findings will be useful in decision-making regarding potential introduction.
Takla, A., Wichmann, O., Koch, J., Terhardt, M., & Hellenbrand, W. (2014). Survey of pediatricians in Germany reveals important challenges for possible implementation of meningococcal B vaccination. Vaccine, 32(48), 6349–6355. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.vaccine.2014.09.040