- Disease caused by an organism that is spread from person to person by exchange of respiratory and throat secretions (like coughing and kissing; dormitory-style or other relatively isolated living communities may play a role).
Behaviors such as active and passive smoking and excessive alcohol consumption have been shown to put individuals at higher risk.
- high fever
- neck stiffness
- Symptoms are often confused with flu symptoms.
- Potentially life threatening if not diagnosed and treated quickly.
- Brand names= Menactra, Menomune, & Menveo
- Not available here at Student Health Services at this time.
- immunization should be deferred during the course of any acute illness
- pregnant women should not be immunized since effects to the fetus are unknown
- administration of Menactra groups A/C/Y/W-135 to individuals known to be sensitive to Diptheria, any other component of the vaccine, or latex
- mild and infrequent, consisting of localized redness and swelling lasting 1-2 days
- as with the administration of any vaccine, there is a possibility of allergic reactions
- Re-vaccination: the latest research is showing the needed for re-vaccination with a booster dose. The newest CDC recommendations.
- Additional Meningitis information available on our website.
- Meningitis Vaccination Information Statement.