Indiana law requires each year that all parents and guardians be informed about meningococcal disease and its vaccine.
Indiana law also requires Meningitis immunizations at 11 years old and older for admittance to school. This is to be completed before entering the 6th grade.
Meningococcal disease, commonly known as meningitis, is a dangerous disease that can strike teens and college students. The disease can progress rapidly and within hour of the first symptoms, may result in death or permanent disability including loss of hearing, brain damage and limb amputations. Fortunately, the disease may be prevented through immunization.
Symptoms of meningococcal disease often resemble the flu and can include a high fever, headache, nausea, and stiff neck, making the disease hard to diagnose. The bacteria that cause meningococcal diseases are transmitted through air droplets and by direct contact with an infected person’s nasal and throat secretions.
Please talk with your child’s health care provider about specific instructions regarding you child.
Vicki Gust R.N. Clifty Creek School Nurse