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Meningococcal meningitis vaccination

YOU CAN HELP PREVENT MENINGOCOCCAL MENINGITIS.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), keeping up-to-date with recommended vaccines is the best defense against acquiring bacterial meningitis, although vaccines may not result in protection in all recipients. Vaccination does not prevent viral meningitis.

TWO TYPES OF MENINGOCOCCAL MENINGITIS VACCINES FOR TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS

Meningitis ACWY vaccines have been available since the 1980s, but Meningitis B vaccines have been available in the US only since late 2014.

The CDC recommends Meningitis B vaccination for persons 10 years and older in certain groups who are at increased risk for Meningitis B disease. In addition, the CDC says that Meningitis B vaccines may be administered to young adults who are 16–23 years old, but preferably to those who are 16–18 years old.

WHAT ELSE YOU CAN DO

In addition to vaccinating, you can take the following steps to help protect against meningococcal meningitis:

Practice good hygiene

Understand risk factors

Recognize symptoms

Know the facts

KNOW THE FACTS

Learn more about meningococcal meningitis and how you can help protect your teen or young adult.

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