Parents who are sending their children back to school this autumn could should not neglect their children’s vaccines on their to-do list.
As of this year, the law requires all incoming high school seniors to have their meningococcal vaccine, as a second dose. The vaccine has been in use for many years now. It is usually recommended for college freshmen, especially those who live in dorms.
The ages when youngsters are most exposed are below two years and between fifteen and twenty-four years of age.
This year, just about seventy-five percent of the children in Ohio have got the vaccine. This leaves thousands of other children potentially exposed to this dangerous disease. Ohio allows those who do not wish to vaccinate to opt out.
Representatives of the American Academy of Pediatrics stress that children are only safe to get back to school if they get the immunization. As even with antibiotics, ten to fifteen percent of individuals who get meningitis die from it. Almost twenty percent suffer from long-term disabilities, like brain damage, nervous system issues or loss of limbs.
The initial symptoms of meningitis resemble the symptoms of the common cold. But the disease can lead to death within twenty-four hours. It is a bacterial infection that poisons the bloodstream and causes the meninges, the protective membrane of the brain to get inflamed.
The vaccine was pushed forward in 2015 by senator Cliff Hite, who lost his niece because of meningitis. Officials also said that this disease does not come with a warning. It is much like a lighting, it just hits.
Parents who have worries or questions about this vaccine are advised to talk to their physician.
As August is Vaccination Awareness month, we remember that vaccinations are one of the biggest health conquests of the 20th century and we should think twice before giving up vaccines.
Vaccination has mostly benefits across all age groups and should be a part of a healthy lifestyle.
Some vaccines are only recommended after a person’s age, health condition or occupation have been taken into consideration.
Vaccination is essential to a healthy lifestyle because it protects the person who receives the vaccine and helps stop the spread of the disease to those who are most vulnerable, like children, people with chronic conditions or weakened immune systems.
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