Saturday, May 14, 2005

Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine

This year, there is a new vaccine available for meningococcal meningitis.  The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has set a goal of immunizing all adolescents, starting at age 11.  The vaccine may be in short supply for the first few years.  As an initial goal, they recommend that all incoming college freshmen be vaccinated.  Apparently, that is the group with the highest risk, especially for those living in dormitories. 

In Ann Arbor, The Michigan Visiting Nurse Association will be offering this vaccine.