Your Health: Teen meningitis vaccine recommended
By Mary Beth Dickson, Reporter, Weekend Anchor KULR-8 News
BILLINGS – If you have a teenager, the CDC is recommending a vaccine booster shot for teen meningitis.
Dr. Michelle Pierson, Department Chair of Pediatrics at Billings Clinic recommends a vaccine for every 16-year-old. “This meningitis is also common in babies, but it’s this teenage group that has the horrible outcome from it. And, typically it leads to low vascular output. They lose fingers and toes. It’s a horrible meningitis and they’re really sick usually in the ICU,” Pierson said. “It’s rare but when this meningitis happens, it’s pretty horrible for this age group so that’s why we vaccinate.”
Meningitis is inflammation of membranes around the brain and spinal cord. Most cases are caused by viruses or bacteria and some cases happen after head injuries, certain cancers or reactions to medications. Dr. Pierson said some of the symptoms of both viral and bacterial meningitis are fever, stiff neck, severe headache, eye sensitivity to light, nausea and extreme sleepiness.
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