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Meningitis

A Quick Killer That Attacks Young People

Simple Vaccination Prevents Certain Death and Disability From Meningitis

Meningitis is an inflammation (swelling) of the protective membranes, called meninges that cover the brain and spinal cord. An infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord, caused by viruses, bacteria or fungi, causes the swelling, which typically leads to symptoms such as headache, fever and stiff neck. The severity of meningitis can vary widely, from cases that improve on their own in a matter of weeks to those that are life-threatening and require emergency treatment.

Children, teens and young adults are most often infected, though older adults and those with a weakened immune system are also at risk. If a family member or coworker has meningitis, it’s important to talk to your doctor to determine if you need to take medications to prevent getting the infection. Both viral and bacterial meningitis spread from person to person via coughing, sneezing and sharing of saliva (as with kissing or sharing eating utensils), with one bacterial type of meningitis spread by contaminated food. A person can be a “carrier,” meaning they carry the bacteria that cause meningitis in or on their bodies but never become sick. However, carriers can spread the bacteria to other people.

A simple vaccination can prevent this deadly disease.

 

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Idaho Immunization Coalition: Student Video

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Parent Video: Idaho Immunization Coalition

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The Data
On Campus Meningitis Cases: 124 Deaths 2008-2018

Meningitis can spread quickly through college campuses, where people are living, working and studying in highly concentrated areas.

 
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VIDEOS

View the following videos to hear people who have been affected by meningitis tell their story in their own words.

ARTICLES & PRESS RELEASES

Dec 19

38 Patient Groups Speak Out Against Recent Ruling in Texas v. US

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Ruling invalidates critical health care protections for millions of people with pre-existing conditions December 17, 2018 Categories: Advocacy News Washington, D.C., December, 17 2018 — Following Friday’s ruling in the case of Texas v. United States, which found all of the Affordable Care Act to be unconstitutional, 38 patient groups issued the following statement: “Our organizations, which collectively represent […]

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Sep 08

Idaho Immunization Coalition: Student Video

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College Bound Students: Protect yourself from preventable diseases You can protect yourself from preventable diseases by making sure you are up-to-date on your immunizations before you leave for college, where serious life-threatening illnesses like Meningitis B can spread quickly. Watch the video below to learn more Idaho Immunization Coalition: Student Video from Karen Sharpnack on […]

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Sep 08

Parent Video: Idaho Immunization Coalition

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Parents: Protect your children from preventable diseases You can protect your children from preventable diseases by making sure they are up-to-date on their immunizations before they leave for college, where serious life-threatening illnesses like Meningitis B can spread quickly. Watch the video below to learn more. Idaho Immunization Coalition: Parent Video from Karen Sharpnack on […]

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Sep 08

Vaccines – FP’s Must Lead!

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One easy-to-overlook part of parents preparing to send their children back to school is getting
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Aug 26

Vaccinate your child against a killer: meningitis type B

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Vaccinate your child against a killer: menangitis type B Meningitis type B kills and maims without mercy. Dr. Neal Raisman tells his story of the loss of his son to meningitis B.

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