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Health Tip: Do I Need the Meningococcal Vaccine?

Health Tip: Do I Need the Meningococcal Vaccine?

05/10/12

(HealthDay News) -- The meningococcal vaccine helps prevent meningitis and sepsis (infection of the blood), which can lead to severe illness and death. People aged 16 through 21 are most likely to acquire meningococcal disease, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control says.

The agency says you probably should be vaccinated:

  • If you live in a dorm, or plan to live in one soon.
  • If you are a military recruit.
  • If you have a damaged spleen, or the organ has been removed.
  • If you have a terminal complement deficiency.
  • If you are a microbiologist who is frequently exposed to the bacterium Neisseria meningitidis.
  • If you live in or plan to travel to a place where meningococcal infection is common.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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