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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 a not-for-profit organization formed by Beaumont Health System, Botsford Health Care and Oakwood Healthcare to provide high-quality, efficient, accessible services in a caring environment for southeastern Michigan residents and beyond. As one of Beaumont Health's eight hospitals, Botsford Hospital is a multi-specialty 330-bed hospital and verified trauma center located in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The campus also houses an imaging center, a comprehensive care cancer center and an extensive medical education program---part of Michigan State University's Statewide Campus System. Annually, Botsford cares for about 16,000 inpatients and more than 60,000 emergency and trauma patients with a team of approximately 2,500 employees, 300 volunteers and 600 physicians.

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