Nichole Hannahs

Vaccine Available to Fight Disease

by Nichole Hannahs on March 23, 2011 at 5:42 am

A meningitis case at Ohio State University Newark is renewing the need to get vaccinated to fight the disease.

The disease is seen most often in those ages fifteen to twenty-four and in those living in close spaces like dorm rooms and army barracks. While symptoms of the disease are similar to the flu Dr. Vicki Whitacre said there is a sign that stands out.

"The headache is really severe and you really feel bad, " said Dr. Whitacre. "If you’re feeling really bad and can hardly hold your head up, it’s more than just the flu. You really feel ill."

A vaccine is recommended but not required to combat the disease. It’s first administered between the ages of  11-12.

"A booster is recommended after the age of 16 because young people are more susceptible and they are going off to college and are going to be in close confined spaces with roommates," said Whitacre.

Dr. Whitacre said that being exposed to the disease means close contact with someone that has the disease for three hours. Vaccines are available at the health department for a low fee.