Meningitis vaccine may be a new weapon against ‘super-gonorrhoea’

Two studies have found that young people who received a vaccine for meningitis have a lower rate of infection with gonorrhoea, which is caused by a related bacterium

A vaccine used to prevent meningitis in young people also cuts the rate of the sexually transmitted infection (STI) gonorrhoea, which is caused by a related bacterium.

The vaccine’s effect is relatively modest, lowering rates of the STI by up to 40 per cent, but it could still have a useful impact on rates of the infection, especially as antibiotic-resistant cases are on the rise, says Helen Marshall at Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide, Australia.