CDC Panel: Teens Should Get Another Meningitis Shot

October 29th, 2010 - 12:35 am ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

Oct 28 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The CDC (Centers for Disease Control), a United States health advisory panel has announced that teenagers will need to get a booster shot of the vaccine which defends the body from bacterial meningitis, because the vaccine does not seem to last as long as previously believed.

The CDC made a recommendation in 2007 that the vaccine be given to all kids, eleven and twelve years old, although it had previously been recommended for high school students and college freshmen. This is because the bacteria is more easily spread in crowded settings, like college dorms, and is more dangerous to teenagers.

It was believed at that time that the vaccine would be good for ten years, so if given at age eleven, it should last into adulthood. New evidence shows that it is actually effective for less than five years, thus causing the CDC to recommend a booster vaccine at the age of sixteen.

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