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Meningococcal vaccine offered at Nimkee Clinic

Observer Staff

8/16/2005 12:00:00 AM

In February 2005, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended a vaccine for adolescents, teens and college freshmen to prevent menigococcal disease.

The uncommon but serious infection is caused by menigococcal bacteria living on the lining of the nose and throat that are spread from one person to another by close personal contact.

Meningococcal infects the bloodsream, lining of the brain and spinal cord causing meningitis.

The meningococcal vaccine is recommended for all adolescents entering middle school ( 11-12 years old), all high school (15-years-old), and all college freshmen (through the age of 18).

Anyone 19 years and over will have to wait for the second vaccine shipment due after Sept. 14. The meningococcal vaccine will prevent many, (almost two-thirds) but not all, cases of meningococcal meningitis.

Anyone who is eligible to use Nimkee Clinic may walk in between the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to receive this vaccine. Those under age 18 must have a parent or guardian. If you are not eligible for Nimkee Clinic, contact the local health department. For more information call, (989) 775-4607.