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Who's should get a meningitis shot?

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You should get the meningitis vaccine if you

  • Are 11-18 years old
  • Think you've been in contact with people who have meningococcal meningitis
  • Are a first-year college students living in dorms
  • Are a military recruit
  • Traveler to areas of the world, such as Africa, where meningococcal disease is common
  • Have a damaged spleen or an immune system disorder called terminal complement component deficiency
  • Work in a lab and are often in contact with meningococcal bacteria

From: How to Prevent Meningitis WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on February 2, 2019

Medically Reviewed on 2/2/2019

SOURCES:

CDC: "Meningococcal Vaccines," "Meningococcal Disease," "Use of Meningitis Vaccine in People with Cochlear Implants."

Meningitis Foundation of America: "FAQ."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Meningitis and Encephalitis Fact Sheet."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on February 2, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: "Meningococcal Vaccines," "Meningococcal Disease," "Use of Meningitis Vaccine in People with Cochlear Implants."

Meningitis Foundation of America: "FAQ."

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Meningitis and Encephalitis Fact Sheet."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on February 2, 2019

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