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Meningococcal Disease

Meningococcal Disease: Are College Students Protected?

Recent headlines about meningococcal serogroup B outbreaks on US colleges and universities in the past few years have increased public awareness of meningococcal disease. College administrators, health officials, parents, and students face the possibility that a similar crisis could arise on their campuses. Although rare, meningococcal disease can be devastating.

5 Types of Bacteria, 2 Vaccine Types, 1 Important Decision for Parents

Parents usually rely on their child’s pediatrician to keep them up-to-date on vaccines. But the updated meningococcal vaccine recommendation recently issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is different. The new recommendation paves the way for adolescents and young adults to get vaccinated against a rare, but deadly infection called serogroup B meningococcal disease–but it puts more responsibility on parents to seek and request the vaccine.

Meningitis B Vaccine: Part of the Routine Vaccine Schedule?

Adding a vaccine to the recommended schedule is not without controversy. All vaccines cost money—the meningococcal B vaccine costs around $130 a dose and currently the two vaccines available are part of a 2- or 3-dose series. However, the benefits of vaccination far out weigh the cost of vaccination.

Addressing the Challenges of Meningococcal Disease Outbreaks on Campuses

Recent outbreaks of serogroup B meningococcal disease on US college campuses have heightened awareness about the lack of licensed vaccines in the US to protect against this serious and sometimes fatal infection. The increased focus on the challenges of facing this unpredictable disease and the need for an effective and timely public health response when outbreaks occur, led the National Foundation for Infectious…

A Daughter Lost to Meningococcal Disease

My daughter, Adrienne, was a loving, funny, and intelligent 16-year-old who played clarinet in her high school band. Her life was tragically cut short on January 28, 2001 from meningococcal disease, a serious, yet vaccine-preventable infection. Adrienne went with her sister to see a movie and when she got home she complained she wasn’t feeling well and had pain in…