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New Vaccine Offers Improved Immunity To Meningitis

Posted June 10, 2005 7:57 a.m. EDT

— There is a new weapon in the fight against meningococcal meningitis.

A new vaccine, tetravalent meningococcal conjugated vaccine (


), offers longer and improved immunity to the disease.

The Centers for Disease Control recommends giving the vaccine to kids starting at age 11 all the way up to students entering college and living in dorms.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill reported four cases of meningitis this past school year.