Meningococcal disease

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Children's Health

While parents may have grades and carpools on the mind before the start of the new school year, they should know that meningococcal disease is the result of a rare, but serious bacterial infection that can progress very rapidly and take the life of an otherwise healthy person in as little as one day. Symptoms to watch out for could include stiff neck, fever, lethargy, sensitivity to light, irritability, headaches and vomiting. Fatigue from staying up late can raise risk for the disease, while cramped locker rooms or sharing water bottles and utensils can facilitate its spread. Get children vaccinated today.

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