Adolescents Should Get A Vaccine Against Bacterial Meningitis – Part 1 of 3
Adolescents Should Get A Vaccine Against Bacterial Meningitis. Teenagers should get a booster drink of the vaccine that protects against bacterial meningitis, a United States health consultive has recommended. The panel made the recommendation because the vaccine appears not to last as long as previously thought. In 2007, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommended that the meningitis vaccine – in the main given to college freshman – be offered to 11 and 12 year olds, the Associated Press reported. The vaccine was initially aimed at capital school and college students because bacterial meningitis is more dangerous for teens and can spread easily in crowded settings, such as dorm rooms.
At that time the panel thought the vaccine would be compelling for at least 10 years. But, information presented at the panel’s meeting Wednesday showed the vaccine is effective for less than five years. The panel then decided to recommend that teens should get a booster snap at 16.
Although the CDC is not bound by its advisory panels’ recommendations, the agency usually adopts them. However, a US Food and Drug Administration official, Norman Baylor, said more studies about the cover and effectiveness of a second dose of the vaccine are needed, the AP reported.