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Who should consider getting a vaccine for meningococcal meningitis?

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Specific people at risk should also consider getting a vaccine. That includes:

A second dose may be needed for people at high risk.

  • People who think they've been exposed to meningococcal meningitis
  • College freshmen living in dorms
  • U.S. military recruits
  • Travelers to areas of the world, such as Africa, where meningococcal disease is common
  • People with a damaged spleen or with terminal complement component deficiency, which is an immune system disorder
  • Lab personnel who are often exposed to the meningococcal bacteria

SOURCES:

Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP).  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: ''Meningococcal Disease: Help Prevent It.'' MedlinePlus: "Meningitis - meningococcal." CDC: "Meningococcal Vaccines: What You Need to Know." Nemours Foundation: "Meningitis." Meningitis Research Foundation: "Symptoms." National Network for Immunization Information: "Vaccine Information: Meningococcal Disease."





Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on August 11, 2017

SOURCES:

Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices (ACIP).  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: ''Meningococcal Disease: Help Prevent It.'' MedlinePlus: "Meningitis - meningococcal." CDC: "Meningococcal Vaccines: What You Need to Know." Nemours Foundation: "Meningitis." Meningitis Research Foundation: "Symptoms." National Network for Immunization Information: "Vaccine Information: Meningococcal Disease."





Reviewed by Renee A. Alli on August 11, 2017

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