Meningitis is a life-threatening condition that can lead to serious health complications, including brain damage. The good news is that meningitis is easily prevented by a simple and highly effective vaccination. Take this quiz and learn why you should have your children vaccinated for meningitis.
Some states require by law that every college student living in dormitories receive a meningitis vaccination.
Meningitis affects around 3,000 Americans each year and results in some 300 deaths.
Meningitis, also referred to as meningococcal meningitis, is a bacterial or viral infection of the spinal cord and/or brain.
Approximately 30 percent of meningitis cases occur between the ages of 15 and 24. Even more shocking – 25 percent of adolescents afflicted with meningitis die from the condition.
The Center for Disease Control recommends that all children get vaccinated for meningitis around 11 to 12 years of age. Moreover, any adolescent who has not received the vaccination should get a shot in high school or prior to college.
Meningitis can be spread from direct contact or by respiratory air droplets, such as coughing or sneezing. College students are especially susceptible because of tight living quarters.
You should avoid sharing anything that involves mouth contact, such as a cigarette, utensils or a glass. You can also contract meningitis by kissing and intimate contact.
Seek immediate attention if you experience any of the early warning signs of meningitis, including neck stiffness, high fever, vomiting, rash, severe headache with light sensitivity, lethargy and confusion.
Meningitis may first seem like a bad flu. Meningitis symptoms, however; worsen very quickly, whereas flu symptoms tend to improve.
Meningitis is very serious. Left untreated, this condition can result in hearing loss, brain damage, kidney failure and limb amputation. Meningitis can also be fatal.