Meningococcal disease, which includes meningococcal meningitis, is a rare, but potentially deadly, bacterial infection. It can strike quickly and lead to devastating complications such as hearing loss, damaged organs or limb amputations.
Teens are due for a CDC-recommended second dose of MenACWY vaccine to help protect them from the dangers of meningococcal meningitis at age 16. This second dose helps provide essential protection against meningococcal meningitis for teens and young adults, when the risk of contracting the disease is increased. Unfortunately, only half of U.S. teens actually got this recommended second vaccination.
Parents, don’t wait. Talk to your child’s healthcare provider to get your teen the second dose they may need to help protect them from meningococcal meningitis. It’s also a good opportunity to ask about other recommended vaccinations at your teen’s 16-year visit.Set reminders for the 16 Vaccine