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Meningitis information

There are four important reasons to protect yourself from all preventable strains of meningococcal meningitis:

  1. You may have already been vaccinated against meningococcal strain C. However, there are actually four vaccine-preventable strains:  A, C, Y and W-135.  Strains Y and W-135 have become increasingly common in Canada, therefore, broad protection against meningococcal meningitis is something to consider.  There is currently no vaccine available to protect against the fifth strain of meningococcal meningitis, strain B.

  2. While it is a rare infection, meningitis can be spread from one person to another through close contact. Examples include kissing and sharing eating utensils, drinks or water bottles.

  3. Five to 10 per cent of people who get meningococcal meningitis will die, typically within 24 to 48 hours of onset of symptoms. In some cases, survivors may be permanently disabled.  These disabilities can include: hearing loss, limb loss, neurological damage and paralysis.

  4. Menactra is the only conjugate vaccine that can protect you against all four preventable strains: A, C, Y and W-135.

Drop by the Campus Health Centre or speak with your doctor about protecting yourself with Menactra.