Published on June 12, 2017

Meningitis B Vaccine Available at Pella Regional Medical Clinics

16 – 23 Year-Olds are at Increased Risk

Pella, IA - - The meningitis B vaccine is highly recommended for children who will be attending college, the military, or any other situations where they will be living in close quarters. Some colleges are even requiring it at admission.

Meningitis B is an uncommon but serious disease, which can lead to an infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord. It can also cause a severe infection of the blood. The meningitis vaccine most people may have received when they were younger didn’t cover meningitis B, because a vaccine wasn’t available until late 2014.

The bacteria that cause meningitis B live within the nose and throat and can be passed through saliva, coughing or sneezing. The disease can spread from person to person through close contact. Certain everyday behaviors can increase the risk of getting meningitis B, particularly for teens and young adults, including: living in close quarters, coughing and sneezing, kissing, sharing drinks and eating utensils and smoking and secondhand smoke.

Initial symptoms of fever, headache and stiff neck may be mild, which is why people might confuse the early signs with the flu or a cold. However, symptoms can progress rapidly and can lead to death, sometimes within 24 hours.

Staff in Pella Regional’s family of medical clinics are able to give this vaccine as well as ensure children are up-to-date on all of their immunizations. Request an appointment at www.pellahealth.org/requestanappointment or call today to schedule your child for their immunization:

• Pella: 641-621-2200

• Ottumwa: 641-455-5200

• Knoxville: 641-828-3832

• Bussey: 641-944-5813

• Monroe: 641-259-2155

• New Sharon: 641-637-4046

• Sully: 641-594-3150