Reuters Health reported that by age 35, only 41 to 48 percent of these children graduated high school. In comparison, 52 to 53 percent of the control group had graduated from high school. Differences were also noted in economic self-sufficiency.
The authors hypothesized that these difference were long-term complications of pneumococcal and H. influenzae meningitis.
The same connection could not be made with lower achievement and economic self-sufficiency and meningococcal meningitis. The authors found that family members of the individuals with childhood meningococcal meningitis also had lower academic achievement, suggesting that other socio-economic factors play a role.
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Reviewed April 25, 2013
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith