Three Locations to Offer Meningitis Vaccines Wednesday

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UNDATED – (DRG News) Wednesday will bring Meningitis Vaccine Clinics in three locations in Pierre and Fort Pierre.  Clinics for youth from ages 11-18 will be held from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Stanley County School in the 6-12 gymnasium Wednesday.  There will also be clinics from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday at Georgia Morse Middle School cafeteria and in the Riggs High School Theater Lobby.  The vaccine and the administration of the vaccine will be free.

Meningococcal disease is a bacterial infection that results in the inflammation of tissues covering the brain and spinal cord.  Symptoms can include fever, severe headache, stiff neck, vomiting and a rash.  Health officials say 10-14% of people with the disease die and up to 19% of survivors suffer permanent disabilities like hearing loss, limb amputations or brain disease.  Dr. Lon Kightlinger, State Epidemiologist for the Department of Health says college freshmen who live in dorms and unvaccinated kids entering high school are at high risk for meningitis.  There are typically three cases of meningococcal disease a year, and so far this year, four cases have been reported.

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