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Heading to School: Don't Forget your Meningitis Vaccine

Farmington Hills, Mich. (August 17, 2009)---As college freshmen prepare for their first year of college, they will be getting items for their dorm rooms, buying new books and looking forward to meeting new people as they start their latest adventure. One thing that may not be thinking about is getting a vaccine for a deadly bacterial infection. 
Bacterial meningitis is an infection of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord. It is spread by coughing, sneezing, and close contact. Symptoms include headache, fever and stiff neck. 
“It is a very serious infection that may result in brain damage, hearing loss, learning disability or death,” says, Gerald Blackburn, D.O., a Botsford Hospital infectious disease specialist. “Bacterial meningitis is relatively rare, but college students in residence halls are at higher risk because of the close proximity of the students. Getting a meningitis vaccine is the best way to reduce the chances of acquiring this infection.” 
To get your child vaccinated or to learn more from a Botsford physician, contact Botsford’s HealthMatch at 877-477-DOC1.

Beaumont Health is Michigan's largest health care system, based on inpatient admissions and net patient revenue. A not-for-profit organization, it was formed in 2014 by Beaumont Health System, Botsford Health Care and Oakwood Healthcare to provide patients with the benefit of greater access to extraordinary, compassionate care, no matter where they live in Southeast Michigan. Beaumont Health consists of eight hospitals with 3,337 beds, 168 outpatient sites, nearly 5,000 physicians and 35,000 employees and about 3,500 volunteers. In 2015, the organization had $4.1 billion in net revenue with 177,934 inpatient admissions, 17,151 births and 530,860 emergency visits. For more information, visit, twitter, facebook, blog

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