The Ultimate Meningitis Vaccination Quiz

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About This Quiz

Meningitis is a life-threatening condition that can lead to serious health complications, including brain damage. The good news is that meningitis is easily prevented by a simple and highly effective vaccination. Take this quiz and learn why you should have your children vaccinated for meningitis.

Your college aged child may require a:

Some states require by law that every college student living in dormitories receive a meningitis vaccination.

How many people die from meningitis each year in the United States?

Meningitis affects around 3,000 Americans each year and results in some 300 deaths.

What is meningitis?

Meningitis, also referred to as meningococcal meningitis, is a bacterial or viral infection of the spinal cord and/or brain.

What percentage of meningitis cases occur in adolescence and young adulthood?

Approximately 30 percent of meningitis cases occur between the ages of 15 and 24. Even more shocking – 25 percent of adolescents afflicted with meningitis die from the condition.

What is the recommended age for meningitis vaccination?

The Center for Disease Control recommends that all children get vaccinated for meningitis around 11 to 12 years of age. Moreover, any adolescent who has not received the vaccination should get a shot in high school or prior to college.

How is meningitis spread from one person to another?

Meningitis can be spread from direct contact or by respiratory air droplets, such as coughing or sneezing. College students are especially susceptible because of tight living quarters.

You can contract meningitis by:

You should avoid sharing anything that involves mouth contact, such as a cigarette, utensils or a glass. You can also contract meningitis by kissing and intimate contact.

What are early warning signs of meningitis?

Seek immediate attention if you experience any of the early warning signs of meningitis, including neck stiffness, high fever, vomiting, rash, severe headache with light sensitivity, lethargy and confusion.

Meningitis symptoms may be mistaken for:

Meningitis may first seem like a bad flu. Meningitis symptoms, however; worsen very quickly, whereas flu symptoms tend to improve.

Left untreated, meningitis can lead to:

Meningitis is very serious. Left untreated, this condition can result in hearing loss, brain damage, kidney failure and limb amputation. Meningitis can also be fatal.

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