New Meningitis Vaccine Recommended for Children

May 27, 2005

In January 2005, the US Food and Drug Administration approved Menactra, a new vaccine to fight bacterial meningitis (meningococcal disease). Now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) are recommending that children receive this vaccine.

The CDC and AAP recommend that the following people be vaccinated:

  1. Children 11-12 years of age.
  2. Adolescents who are entering high school or are 15 years of age and have not been vaccinated previously.
  3. College freshmen who live in dormitories.
  4. Other people who are at a high risk such as people who will be traveling to places with high rates of meningococcal disease.

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Meningitis Meningococcal

References and Links:

  1. Prevention and Control of Meningococcal Disease - May 27, 2005; CDC
  2. Meningitis - Interactive Module (EXCELLENT!)
  3. Meningococcal Meningitis - eMedicine
  4. Meningococcal Disease - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  5. Meningococcal Disease and College Students

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