Passport Health will come on-site to do Meningococcal Meningitis shots for as few as five employees.
Facts About Meningococcal Meningitis
College students, particularly freshmen living in dormitories, have a higher risk of getting this contagious disease. Each year, the disease strikes about 2,500 Americans and 10 to 15 percent of them will die. Up to 20 percent of survivors have long-term disabilities, such as brain damage, hearing loss, or limb amputations.
The disease can take one of two forms: swelling of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord, or the more deadly meningococcemia, an infection of the blood. Meningococcal meningitis is caused by bacteria called Neisseria meningitidis.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American College Health Association, and American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that: College students and their parents should be told about the risk of meningococcal meningitis and the benefits of immunization. The meningitis vaccine should be made available to students who ask to be immunized for meningitis.
It is currently recommended that Menactra be given to all children at their routine well child visit to their doctor when they are 11 or 12 years old. Teens should also get it when they start high school or if they are going to be living in a dorm at college and haven't gotten a meningococcal vaccine yet. Menactra is the preferred vaccine for people between the ages of 11 to 55 years of age. Menomune (the older vaccine) can still be given to children between the ages of 2 and 10 years and people over age 55.