Meningitis risks for College students

UNDATED (KSLA) –Meningitis can claim a child's life in just 24 hours.

Up to 300 children each year die from the disease, which causes swelling of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord.

There are two main types, viral and bacterial. Viral is more common and generally less dangerous. Bacterial meningitis can be deadly if not treated promptly with antibiotics. Both can be spread person to person.

College kids are at a higher risk of both forms since they share close quarters. In fact, teens and young adults account for nearly 30 percent of all cases in the U.S.

One of the deadliest forms of bacterial meningitis, meningococcus, is easy to prevent: with a simple vaccination.

If your child is between 11 and 18 or is living on a college campus, the government recommends they be immunized. In fact, some states require the vaccination for all students living on campus. So be sure your kids are immunized-it could save their life.

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