Who should get it?
All children ages 11 to 18, especially entering college freshmen
High-risk children ages 2 to 10
Anyone exposed to meningitis
Individuals traveling overseas to areas where meningitis is common
Source: Centers for Disease Control
Heading to college?
St. Anthony’s Urgent Care Centers offer easy access to vaccinations
Did you know that Missouri and 13 other states require college students living in dorms to get a meningitis vaccine or sign an exemption waiver? Meningitis, an inflammation of the membrane that surrounds the brain and spinal cord, affects more than 2,500 people each year, one-third of them teens and young adults. Either a virus or bacterial infection causes it. While viral meningitis is usually less severe, bacterial meningitis requires emergency treatment.
Bacterial meningitis can be contagious and is spread through coughing, kissing or sneezing. In fact, many public schools strongly recommend all students ages 11 and older receive the vaccine.
St. Anthony’s Urgent Care Centers in Arnold, Crestwood, Fenton and Lemay offer families easy access to get routine vaccinations such as those for flu, pneumonia and tetanus/tdap, and the meningococcal vaccine.
“We now offer the Menactra vaccine, which protects against four different types of meningococcal disease that cause up to 70 percent of all meningitis cases in the United States,” says Evelyn Young, MD, medical director for St. Anthony’s Urgent Care Centers. “By coming to the Urgent Care Centers, we make it easy, quick and convenient to get this vaccination.”
Cost: $125 per dose. No appointments are necessary at Urgent Care Centers. Click here to find the closest Urgent Care Center and to download monthly coupon specials.
For information, please call our Health Access Line at 314-ANTHONY (268-4669) or 800-554-9550 or visit find a physician online.
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