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Old 02-26-2006, 08:57 PM   #1
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Meningitis

Is is recommended that students get a meningitis shot, or is is just such a rare disease that vaccination is not recommended?
How is meningitis contracted?

 
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Re: Meningitis

Bacterial meningitis is spread in the same way that you get a cold (direct contact, sneezing, coughing, etc.). So it spreads most easily among groups of people living together in small spaces, like college dorms. This is why the vaccine is recommended for students. Meningitis may not be terribly common, but it can be a very severe illness and cause death, which is why the vaccine is important for people who are at high risk (students).

 
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Old 02-27-2006, 10:11 AM   #3
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Re: Meningitis

I am a student but do not live in a dorm, so I guess I am not considered "high risk"?

 
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Re: Meningitis

Your university's student health services should be able to advise you about whether or not you should get the vaccine.

 
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