Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

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MENINGITIS INFORMATION

Meningitis

Studies conducted in 1998 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that college freshmen living in residence halls have a modestly increased risk of contracting bacterial meningitis. This has been attributed to living and working in close proximity to each other, and to lifestyle risk factors such as exposure to active and passive smoking, alcohol consumption, and bar patronage. There are no statements or recommendations for high school students, even those in a residential setting. Families must make their decision regarding meningitis vaccine in consultation with their physician. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the CDC recommends that information be made available to college freshmen and their parents about meningitis and the benefits of vaccination.

As we have advised you in the past:
PLEASE CONSULT WITH YOUR CHILD'S PHYSICIAN ABOUT THE OPTION OF MENINGITIS VACCINE.

For meningitis information, please first access the Illinois Department of Public Health website, and then Health Facts Sheets and Meningitis OR go to another source, Intelihealth for "Meningitis".