Help Prevent Meningitis

The American Academy of Pediatrics is now recommending that 16-year-olds receive a booster dose for the meningococcal vaccine. Adolescents are routinely immunized at 11 or 12.

If adolescents receive their first of vaccine at age 16 or older, then they do not need a booster dose, according to the AAP policy statement. The booster dose at 16 is recommended to protect adolescents at a time when they are most vulnerable. Meningococcal bacteria can cause meningitis and sepsis. The illness can be fatal or cause permanent disabilities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Contact your family physician to schedule immunizations.

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