The Ultimate Meningitis Vaccination Quiz

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The Ultimate Meningitis Vaccination Quiz
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Meningitis is a life-threatening condition that can lead to serious health complications, including brain damage. The good news is that meningitis is easily prevented by a simple and highly effective vaccination. Take this quiz and learn why you should have your children vaccinated for meningitis.
Your college aged child may require a:
flu vaccination
meningitis vaccination
Some states require by law that every college student living in dormitories receive a meningitis vaccination.
both of the above

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How many people die from meningitis each year in the United States?
100 people
300 people
Meningitis affects around 3,000 Americans each year and results in some 300 deaths.
1,000 people

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What is meningitis?
an infection of the spinal cord
an infection of the brain
both of the above
Meningitis, also referred to as meningococcal meningitis, is a bacterial or viral infection of the spinal cord and/or brain.

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What percentage of meningitis cases occur in adolescence and young adulthood?
10 percent
30 percent
Approximately 30 percent of meningitis cases occur between the ages of 15 and 24. Even more shocking – 25 percent of adolescents afflicted with meningitis die from the condition.
50 percent

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What is the recommended age for meningitis vaccination?
5 to 6 years of age
11 to 12 years of age
The Center for Disease Control recommends that all children get vaccinated for meningitis around 11 to 12 years of age. Moreover, any adolescent who has not received the vaccination should get a shot in high school or prior to college.
15 to 16 years of age

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How is meningitis spread from one person to another?
direct contact
coughing or sneezing
both of the above
Meningitis can be spread from direct contact or by respiratory air droplets, such as coughing or sneezing. College students are especially susceptible because of tight living quarters.

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You can contract meningitis by:
sharing a cigarette
intimate contact
both of the above
You should avoid sharing anything that involves mouth contact, such as a cigarette, utensils or a glass. You can also contract meningitis by kissing and intimate contact.

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What are early warning signs of meningitis?
neck stiffness and high fever
vomiting, rash and severe headache
both of the above
Seek immediate attention if you experience any of the early warning signs of meningitis, including neck stiffness, high fever, vomiting, rash, severe headache with light sensitivity, lethargy and confusion.

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Meningitis symptoms may be mistaken for:
a bad cold
a bad flu
Meningitis may first seem like a bad flu. Meningitis symptoms, however; worsen very quickly, whereas flu symptoms tend to improve.
a bad migraine

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Left untreated, meningitis can lead to:
hearing loss and brain damage
kidney failure and limb amputation
both of the above
Meningitis is very serious. Left untreated, this condition can result in hearing loss, brain damage, kidney failure and limb amputation. Meningitis can also be fatal.

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