Young adults planning to attend their first year of university, which usually includes life in a residence hall, should consider asking their health care provider about the Meningitis vaccine. The CDC notes that this population of adults, living in close proximity, is as much as three (3) times more likely to contract Meningitis and recommends the Meningitis Vaccine specifically for this group. https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd/mening/public/index.html This is good health advice given that there have been Meningitis outbreaks across the United States on university and college campuses over the years.
There are many different strains of Meningitis, which is a potentially deadly disease process. As many as 10% to 15% of all individuals who contract this disease – which involves the inflammation of the covering around the brain and spinal cord or septicemia – end up passing away. Nearly 20% of all individuals who contract Meningitis end up with long-term health effects, including varying degrees of brain damage and/or paralysis. Prompt diagnosis and immediate medical treatment is associated with a better outcome. https://www.cdc.gov/meningitis/lab-manual/chpt02-epi.html
Most children in the United States, who have had primary pediatric care have been vaccinated against meningitis types: A, C, W & Y in their teen years. As of 2014, there is now a vaccination available for Meningitis type B as well. If you are heading off to a college dorm, you may want to consider exploring your Meningitis vaccination status with a healthcare provider.
A Michigan native who graduated from both Michigan State University and Cooley Law School, Mr. Weidenfeller has limited his practice of law to representing individuals who have been permanently injured and families who have lost a loved one as the result of medical errors for more than 20 years. In that time, he has been featured on the cover of Michigan Lawyer’s Weekly and has spoken to many and varied professional groups about trial practice and effective communication.