Protect yourself from meningitis
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the bacteria that cause meningococcal disease are spread from person to person by sharing respiratory secretions (such as saliva) during close or lengthy contact, especially among people who share a room or live in the same household.
Students can help prevent the spread of meningitis by doing the following:
• Don’t share drinking glasses, eating utensils, cosmetics or lip balm
• Always cough into a sleeve or tissue
• Wash hands frequently
• Use hand sanitizer often
• Don’t drink from a common source such as a punch bowl
• Maintain healthy habits, like being active and getting plenty of rest
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick
Adolescents and young adults are at an increased risk of contracting meningococcal disease due to common lifestyle habits, such as living in close quarters in college dorms. Together, the Bexsero Strain B vaccine and Menveo vaccine (which provides immunity against Meninigococcal Strain Group A, C, W-135 and Y conjugate) help to protect against all five main serogroups of Meningitis. Bexsero is a two-dose series in which each shot is given at least one month apart. Menveo can be given one month following the last dose of Bexsero. Visit www. bexsero-us.com for more information about the Strain B vaccine.
If you have questions about meningitis or the vaccine, please contact our Allergy, Immunization & Travel clinic at 803-777-9511.