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Ferris students and their families should be aware of meningitis and the availability of a vaccine to prevent the majority of types of meningitis.
Meningitis is a severe infection of the surface of the brain and spinal cord. Symptoms include high fever, confusion, severe headache, neck stiffness, and sometimes a skin rash. A person with these symptoms requires prompt medical attention, preferably in an emergency room setting. Left untreated, some types of meningitis can lead to loss of limbs or death.
Meningitis strikes about 3,000 Americans each year and claims up to 300 lives annually. About 100 to 125 cases occur on college campus every year and about 10 students die as a result. The frequency of outbreaks has risen at US college campuses.
Different viruses and bacteria can cause meningitis. A particularly severe type of meningitis is caused by a bacterium, Neisseria meningitidis, also called Meningococcus.
The American College Health Association has adopted the recommendation of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which says that college students, particularly freshmen on campus, be educated about meningitis and the benefits of vaccination.
If you have not received this vaccine previously, the Birkam Health Center recommends
you strongly consider it. College age students, particularly those living in a residence
hall environment have an increased risk of being exposed to and potentially getting
More information on vaccine recommendations can be found at: http://www.acha.org/Topics/meningitis.cfm
The Menactra vaccine is available at the Birkam Health Center. An appointment can be made by calling 231 591-2614.