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Why should my teen get a meningococcal vaccine?

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Meningococcal disease can become life-threatening quickly, and teens have a higher chance of getting it. It's a leading cause of bacterial meningitis in teens.

Two meningitis vaccines protect against four types of meningococcal disease.

Of the 1,000-2,600 people who get meningococcal disease each year, one-third are teens and young adults. Ten percent to 15% of those who get sick with the disease will die, even with antibiotic treatment. As many as 20% will have permanent side effects, such as hearing loss or brain damage.

SOURCES:

Pediatrics , published online Feb. 1, 2011.

National Meningitis Association: "About Meningococcal Disease."

CDC: "Meningococcal Vaccines: What You Need to Know," "Meningococcal Vaccination."

National Network for Immunization Information: "Important Facts for Parents to Know About the Meningococcal Vaccine." 

National Network for Immunization Information: "Vaccine Information: Meningococcal Disease," "Frequently Asked Questions about the Meningococcal Vaccine."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 05, 2019

SOURCES:

Pediatrics , published online Feb. 1, 2011.

National Meningitis Association: "About Meningococcal Disease."

CDC: "Meningococcal Vaccines: What You Need to Know," "Meningococcal Vaccination."

National Network for Immunization Information: "Important Facts for Parents to Know About the Meningococcal Vaccine." 

National Network for Immunization Information: "Vaccine Information: Meningococcal Disease," "Frequently Asked Questions about the Meningococcal Vaccine."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on October 05, 2019

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