The Missouri Association of School Nurses has launched an education campaign urging parents to get their children vaccinated against meningitis.

The Missouri Association of School Nurses has launched an education campaign urging parents to get their children vaccinated against meningitis.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends vaccines starting at age 11 with a booster dose at 18, but only about 45 percent of Missouri teens have been immunized.


Meningitis is a serious bacterial infection that shares many symptoms with common viral illnesses. Things like sharing drinking glasses, kissing, smoking or living in close quarters can increase the risk of getting meningitis.


Because the disease can kill quickly – sometimes within a day – the MASN strongly encourages parents to vaccinate their children. Many Missouri colleges and universities require freshman receive a meningitis vaccine before living in residence halls.


For more information about the campaign, or to learn more about meningitis, visit www.voicesofmeningitis.com.