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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.

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