Meningitis Vaccination Awareness
In Memory of Jessica Elkins
What Is Meningitis? Meningitis is a relatively rare infection that affects the delicate membranes -- called meninges (men-in'-jeez) -- that cover the brain and spinal cord. Bacterial meningitis can be contagious among people in close contact. Viral meningitis tends to be less severe, and most people recover completely. Fungal meningitis is a rare form of meningitis and generally occurs only in people with weakened immune systems.
Bacterial meningitis is an extremely serious illness that requires immediate medical care. If not treated quickly, it can lead to death within hours -- or lead to permanent damage to the brain and other parts of the body.
Vaccination for Bacterial Meningitis is Available and Recommended for: Adolescents 11 through 18 years of age: the first dose at 11 or 12 years of age, with a booster dose at age 16. Please ask your healthcare provider about getting you student immunized!