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What is Meningitis and Why is it important?

There are probably a lot of things on our mind as you are busy with school.  Studying, writing papers, rehearsing for events, and the list goes on and on! 

Do you know if you are up-to-date on your with meningitis vaccine? 

Bacterial meningitis is a brain and spinal cord infection that can be deadly within a matter of days or even hours if you contract it.  Being a college student puts you at increased risk because of the close contact with other students on campus.  And not just those living on campus!!

The good news is that here is a vaccine against meningitis that is very effective at protecting you.  You usually receive two doses of this vaccine during your appointments with your doctor.  The second vaccine should be given after the age of 16.  The vaccine is good for 5 years.  This should get you through your college years.

Unfortunately, many students have had more than 5 years pass since being vaccinated.  In order to be protected, you would need a booster.

This goes for ALL students, regardless of whether they live on campus, off campus or are commuters.  Anyone can potentially get meningitis if they attend classes and mingle with other students.  That's why it is so important to know your vaccine status and get a booster if you need one!

Any questions?  Call Student Health Services

 Stay Healthy!