Protect their future: Time to schedule your teenager’s MenB Vaccine

You’re doing everything you can to ensure your child’s success after high school. Taking care of their medical well-being is another step in the process.

You’ve probably heard of the Meningitis vaccine or the MenACWY vaccine when your child was younger, around 11 or 12. However, that vaccine only protects against bacterial groups A, C, W and Y. The MenB vaccine protects against bacterial group B, and it’s recommended that teenagers and young adults ages 16 to 23 get this vaccine. 

Your child needs both Meningitis vaccine series to be fully protected against the meningococcal disease. 


What is Meningitis B?

Meningitis B, one type of meningococcal disease (sometimes referred to as meningitis), is a dangerous illness that can damage the brain and spinal cord's protective covering or cause a severe blood infection.

While uncommon, it can appear without notice, progress rapidly and result in death or major disabilities.

Even with early detection and treatment, 10-15 people out of 100 infected with meningitis will die - many within 24 hours. Up to 20% of those who do not die will experience lifelong disabilities, including loss of limb(s), deafness, brain damage or problems with their nervous system.


teenage boy packing for college

How is Meningitis spread?

Bacteria that cause meningitis B are passed through direct contact between two people. Found in the nose and throat of an infected person or carrier, the bacteria can be spread through behaviors including:

sharing utensils and drinks

Sharing Utensils and Drinks

 

kissing

Kissing

 

living in close quarters

Living in Close Quaters

 

coughing and sneezing

Coughing and Sneezing

 


What are Meningitis symptoms?

The most common symptoms include:

fever

Fever

 

headache

Headache

 

stiff neck

Sniff Neck

 

Other symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Photophobia (eyes being more sensitive to light)
  • Altered mental status (confusion)

Meningococcal disease may first appear like the flu and rapidly worsen. It’s important to seek medical attention right away if your son or daughter experiences these symptoms. 



How do I protect my teenager or young adult from meningococcal disease?

Getting vaccinated against Meningitis is the most effective way to prevent meningococcal disease from spreading. This means getting vaccinated with MenACWY at 11 or 12, with a booster at 16 and getting the MenB vaccine between the ages 16 and 23 with a booster a month later.

As your teenager or young adult prepares for their future, it’s important for you to take the necessary steps now to protect them. Call Variety Care at 405-632-6688 to schedule your son or daughter’s vaccine today.