30 June 2010|
In recent Colorado news, Fort Collins Adult Hockey Association has had a few cases of Meningococcal Meningitis, with 2 dead and 1 remaining hospitalized. Those coming in close contact with these members have been vaccinated.
Meningococcal Meningitis is a bacterium affecting the blood stream and brain; carrying a high mortality rate if untreated. Meningococcal Meningitis can be spread by saliva, nose and throat secretions and through prolonged close contact with those infected. According to Adrienne LeBailly, Director of the Larimer County Department of Public Health and Environment, “Everyone is exposed to the meningococcal bacteria at some point in their lives, and only about 1 percent gets sick.”1 The vaccine is $125, but make sure to check your local Health Department for free vaccinations! (If you are in Colorado, please check out: http://www.childrensimmunization.org/ for low- or no-cost vaccinations.)
Though we DO NOT offer the vaccination, please feel free to call us with questions regarding this matter. We’ll be happy to answer any question you may have or further assist you with finding a clinic(s) that offer the vaccination.
Those who should obtain the vaccine2:
- Children between the ages of 2-10, who are at high risk.
- Children between the ages of 11-18.
- College Students between the ages of 18-24, who live in dorms.
- Military Recruits
- Medical Staff & Laboratory Personnel
- People with other diseases/infections (HIV).
- People who come in close contact with infected individuals.
- Stiff Neck
- Dark Bruises
- Severe Headache