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Meningitis Vaccine Update

Many of you and your kids appropriately received vaccines to get protected from Bacterial Meningitis. The original guidelines recommended that adolescents get a one time shot around 11 years old, which many did. In November 2015 a new recommendation came from the Centers for Disease Control .( www.cdc.gov)  Now, a booster (a 2nd shot) is now strongly recommended for all teenagers, especially those who are going to be living in dormitories away at college or those going into the military.  While these are higher risk groups based on potential exposure, SHFM recommends ALL teens (16 and over) get a SECOND shot – regardless of their post High School plans.  Bacterial meningitis can kill quickly. There are VERY few circumstances where getting the shot isn’t recommended. Talk to your (or your child’s) doctor at the next visit about getting the booster.

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/mening.html